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With the right support, all children can learn together

Vision

Our vision is to achieve access, opportunity and acceptance for children.

Mission

Our mission is teaching teachers to enable children and those who support them through research-based education.

Values

Our values are:
Social Justice  / Collaboration  / Learning

Every child deserves an equal chance at a full life, no matter what disabilities or learning challenges they face.

Research shows that the more these amazing kids are included, the better they do: in confidence, academically, and in social skills.

STaR works with parents, their support network and educators to provide welcoming choices for childcare and preschool.

Meet our little STaRs

Our Results

Since 2002 STaR has supported 326 children to be included in 25 childcare centres.

STaR parents in 2016: 88% felt their child’s development is improving

Parent testimony: “My daughter’s development has improved a lot. And the most important thing, she is so happy and confident to be with other kids with the help of STaR.”

STaR parents valued being able to spend more time in the workforce while their children received the right support in childcare

Parent testimony: “It’s fantastic that STaR staff always make themselves available to not just the child but also the family. This way, the whole family benefit from the program.”

Staff in childcare centres supported by STaR: 100% felt that STaR’s support had been very valuable for their work with children with disabilities

Testimony from centre director: “We would not be able to continue to provide such a high quality inclusive environment without the support of STaR.”

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Three strands of STaR

STaR Child and Family Services

The Child and Family Services team in action

Finding out your child has a disability or learning difficulty can be daunting. STaR offers practical help through:

  • Free information, resources, workshops and crisis support
  • A possible place in a STaR-affiliated childcare centre
  • Expert support to develop an individual education plan
  • Outreach Program to connect families to community services
  • Access to a Consortium Services including speech pathology and school orientation program
  • Gifted Services regarding children whose development is advanced

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STaRTraining

Build on your own skills as an educator, with our professional development workshops. Learn how to:

  • Help children with disabilities and learning difficulties to belong
  • Create a positive behaviour plan
  • Develop social skills for children with additional needs
  • Respond to gifted children’s social, emotional and intellectual needs
  • Plan the transition to school for a child with additional needs

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STaRResearch

STaR is committed to evidence-based strategies for the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of children with additional needs. Recent studies include:

  • Evaluating the effects of the training on an educators’ confidence and attitudes about including children with additional needs
  • The effect of picture books and iPad apps on children’s engagement
  • The effect of coaching children to help STaR children to take turns

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"intervention and inclusion are essential"

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Become a Supporter

Your donation can fund STaR to enrol, teach and include children with disabilities.

STaR is a small, specialised charity, without the marketing power of larger ones. We need you to help us by making a one-off donation, becoming a regular, monthly supporter, or sponsoring a childcare centre.

The money we raise really does make a difference. Just $75 can cover a child’s annual program fee. Since 2002, we have:

  • Supported 326 children with varied and complex support needs
  • Train the staff in 25 childcare centres so that they are able to maximise the participation of these children
  • Provide professional workshops on how to include children with disabilities and other additional needs to early childhood educators in childcare, preschools, family day care
  • Reached out to supporting staff in the early years of school and out-of-school-hours care
  • Make life easier for families living with disability

  • One off donation
  • A donation of $75 can cover a child’s annual program fee.
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  • Regular monthly giving
  • A regular donation of just $75 a month over a year you will have helped 12 families to pay off their children’s annual program fee.
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  • STaR Sponsorship
  • Government funding covers only one third of our expenses. Sponsor a child or sponsor a STaR centre to help meet the gap.

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Funding

The STaR Association receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) and the NSW Department of Education

Collaboration

We are in partnership with Macquarie University

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners