What we do

Since 2002

The STaR Association enables children to make the best of their abilities by enrolling, teaching and including them in child care centres in their communities. Since we started in 2002 with five children in one childcare centre, we have supported 404 children and their families across 27 childcare centres. We currently support 10 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

Thinking Hats Early Learning Centre
We believe every child has the right to attend their local childcare centre regardless of their ability, so we assist our STaR families with information and practical support.

Our services provide:

  • help and support in enrolling children in our affiliated childcare centres
  • training and mentoring for childcare educators to teach and include children with disabilities and special learning needs
  • specialist educator visits for children not enrolled in one of our centres
  • educational services for Autism or a range of needs, and
  • support for gifted children
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Education and PD courses

day care centre
We recognise the value of skilled and confident educators who are tuned into the needs of young children with disabilties and know how to help these children gain the maximum benefit from mainstream early childhood services.

In STaR-affiliated childcare centres, training and mentoring educators in evidence-based strategies has always been an important part of our mission. In 2015 we opened our courses to the wider early childhood education community. In the first year 100% of participants said they would implement the strategies learned.

Build on your own skills as an educator, with our professional development courses.
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day care centre
Research shows that children with disabilities need playmates too. Being one of the kids helps children with disabilities to belong and communicate. Children without disabilities learn about tolerance and acceptance of difference.

The STaR Association research into evidence-based educational practices and how to incorporate them into the everyday.
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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.

Hear it for yourself

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.


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


Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners

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