What we do

Since we started in 2002 with five children in one childcare centre, we have supported 326 children and their families across 25 childcare centres. We currently support 9 childcare centres in western and north-western Sydney so that they can successfully include young children with disabilities in their childcare programs.

Our services include:

Children and Families Services:

Education and workshops

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We believe:

All children can learn together, yet children with disabilities are often still excluded.

Every child has the right to attend their local childcare centre regardless of their ability.

Being one of the kids helps children with disabilities to belong and communicate.

The STaR Association enables children to make the best of their abilities.

Having a child with disability is a challenge. We assist our STaR families with information and practical support.

To find out more, please click the options below.

Children and Families Services
Becoming a STaR centre

Watch this video as the director of Thinking Hats Early Learning Centre, Katrina Mirzikinian, explains how she and her educators have benefited from being a STaR affiliated centre.


STaR and the NDIS

We are applying for registration with the National Disability Insurance Agency as a provider of supports to young children with individual funding packages. Meanwhile, we assure STaR families of our support in their child’s childcare centre, regardless of what the NDIS may mean for their family.

STaR’s policies and procedures are available on request, and we are happy to provide these according to your language, cultural or other individual needs if required. STaR has bilingual staff and can also assist with arranging an interpreter.

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


We are in partnership with Macquarie University

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners

  • MonSTaR Foundation
  • Australian Stock Brokers Foundation
  • MadDog Graphics
  • Gilbert Tobin
  • TecWare
  • The Internet Bloke