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With the right support, all children can learn together

Vision

Vision

With the right support, all children can learn together

Mission

Mission

To achieve access, opportunity and acceptance for all children is our mission.

Values

Values

Our values are:
Respect  / Integrity  / Social Justice  / Empathy 

All children have a right to a full life and an education that meets their needs, no matter what disabilities or learning challenges they face.

Research shows that inclusion can have positive outcomes for all children, with or without disabilities, when adequate supports are in place.

STaR works with parents, their support networks and educators to provide childcare and preschool experiences that are welcoming and educational.

Meet our little STaRs

 See some of our little STaRs below.

Our Results


  • In 2018, 82% of STaR parents were satisfied with the quality of the services they and their child had received from STaR.

    “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 Parent


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

    “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.” STaR Parent


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

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


  • Since 2002 STaR has supported 450 children to be included in 27 childcare centres.

Three pillars of STaR

Supporting Children and Families

STaR Child and Family Services

Supporting Children and Families

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

    • A possible place in a STaR-affiliated childcare centre
    • Family support to STaR families
    • NDIS supports for early childhood
    • Gifted Services regarding children whose development is advanced

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Educating Educators

STaRTraining

Educating Educators

Build on your own skills as an educator with our NESA registered professional development courses. Learn how to:

    • Help children with disabilities and additional needs 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

Learn more

Research

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Research

STaR is committed to evidence-based strategies for the education and wellbeing of children with additional needs. Our own recent studies include:

    • The effects of training on 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

Learn more

What people are saying

From STaR Parent…

Marg's stories, Lili's stories made me believe I can actually think of my daughter's future, a subject I would completely block my brain on. Marg and Megan's passion and positivity were much needed. I can't thank them enough. I was that same parent who thought I'd never let (my daughter) out of my sight and protect her from this horrible world, not have more children or work, just focus on her, and now I leave her everywhere, day care to friends' places for play dates to family, you name it. The real world is actually very accepting and inclusion is the best therapy for (my daughter) at the moment. All thanks to STaR. I can honestly go on and on.

STaR Parent 2018-2019
2019-05-22T14:56:12+10:00
Marg's stories, Lili's stories made me believe I can actually think of my daughter's future, a subject I would completely block my brain on. Marg and Megan's passion and positivity were much needed. I can't thank them enough. I was that same parent who thought I'd never let (my daughter) out of my sight and protect her from this horrible world, not have more children or work, just focus on her, and now I leave her everywhere, day care to friends' places for play dates to family, you name it. The real world is actually very accepting and inclusion is the best therapy for (my daughter) at the moment. All thanks to STaR. I can honestly go on and on. STaR Parent 2018-2019

From STaR Parent…

I remember crying all the way home after my first meeting with STaR. I felt like my helplessness and frustration was lifted, and a force of many was going to guide James and show us how to best help our beautiful boy.

STaR Parent 2009-2011
2018-01-31T15:04:41+10:00
I remember crying all the way home after my first meeting with STaR. I felt like my helplessness and frustration was lifted, and a force of many was going to guide James and show us how to best help our beautiful boy. STaR Parent 2009-2011

From STaR Parent…

Sometimes it's such a blur and you forget how far she has come and the challenges we have faced. I knocked on so many childcare doors and had them shut in my face before we found all of you at STaR. We will be forever grateful for everything that the STaR team is doing for us.

STaR Parent 2017-2019
2019-05-07T12:01:03+10:00
Sometimes it's such a blur and you forget how far she has come and the challenges we have faced. I knocked on so many childcare doors and had them shut in my face before we found all of you at STaR. We will be forever grateful for everything that the STaR team is doing for us. STaR Parent 2017-2019

From Centre Director…

I wouldn't want my centre to lose STaR, it's such a blessing to have Megan (as well as the rest of the team) here to support us with the journey of our little ones. To see how valuable the service is and how far our little STaRs come from when they first walk in the door to when they leave our service is incredible!

Michelle Davidson - director of Kids Early Learning Rooty Hill
2019-05-09T17:57:59+10:00
I wouldn't want my centre to lose STaR, it's such a blessing to have Megan (as well as the rest of the team) here to support us with the journey of our little ones. To see how valuable the service is and how far our little STaRs come from when they first walk in the door to when they leave our service is incredible! Michelle Davidson - director of Kids Early Learning Rooty Hill

From STaR Parent…

I'm very thankful for The STaR Association as they've shared their wisdom and experience with such passion, honesty and humour. I always come away from the meetings feeling inspired, encouraged and most importantly, that I'm not on this journey alone.

STaR Parent 2019
2019-05-22T14:42:49+10:00
I'm very thankful for The STaR Association as they've shared their wisdom and experience with such passion, honesty and humour. I always come away from the meetings feeling inspired, encouraged and most importantly, that I'm not on this journey alone. STaR Parent 2019

What STaR Does

A message from STaR's GM, Margaret Meaker

Become a Supporter

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

  • Provide professional workshops on how to include children with disabilities and other additional needs to early childhood educators in childcare, preschools, family day care
  • Support children with varied and complex support needs in their educational settings (approximately 50 per year)
  • Train the staff in childcare centres so that they are able to maximise the participation of these children
  • Support 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

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners

  • MonSTaR Foundation
  • Australian Stock Brokers Foundation
  • MadDog Graphics
  • InSpEd
  • Banter Group
  • The Internet Bloke