There are four ways in which STaR provides services to children aged 0-5 and their families.
Childcare Placement and Support Program
Children who are enrolled in our flagship Childcare Placement and Support Program receive special education support in one of the mainstream childcare centres affiliated with us. Support in the transition to school is included.
We acknowledge that our STaR families can easily be overwhelmed by the unexpected journey they take. Our Family Support Program offers practical assistance.
There are currently 9 STaR-affiliated childcare centres in the following locations in Sydney: Beecroft, Epping, Top Ryde, West Ryde, Glenwood, Bidwill, Doonside, Rooty Hill and Seven Hills.
Children who are enrolled in childcare centres or preschools not affiliated with STaR can access three Outreach components on a fee-for service basis. The Australian Government’s Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) funding can be used for these components.
A trained special education teacher visits for 10 sessions and works with early childhood staff to develop and implement an individual education plan for the child’s development and inclusion. Agreement of the childcare centre or preschool is essential.
Families can access services in speech pathology, psychological testing and social work from a consortium of professionals through STaR. The Australian Government’s Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start) funding can be used for these services.
STaR recognises that support is often needed when a child’s development is advanced. Issues for the child, parents and educators can arise. Our Gifted Program currently offers consultancy and/or professional development for childcare centres and preschools within the Early Years Learning Framework. We also offer parent group workshops on understanding and supporting young gifted children.