OzChild’s education services help encourage children’s early learning, allowing isolated children to feel socially included and happy.
OzChild offers educational support services and therapies through our Shine Assist program. This enables families and schools to work together through practical and intensive support with the aim of addressing the psychological and emotional wellbeing of children and young adults.
Shine Assist services are accessed via referral from a General Practitioner for those who meet the eligibility requirements through the Medicare Benefits Schedule for psychological support.
Download a brochure:
- Counselling support for children and their families (PDF download)
- Counselling support information for schools (PDF download)
- Counselling support information parents (PDF download)
OzChild enhances the life opportunities of children and young people by supporting the work of schools through this program as a recruitment and support service.
The OzChild School Service maintains a pool of qualified allied health professionals; psychologists, speech pathologists and social workers ready to be placed in schools at short notice for a variety of reasons including leave vacancies, work overload and program assistance. We work across Victoria in all educational sectors including government, Catholic, independent and community organisations at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Staff provided to schools are employed directly through OzChild. We are also able to offer Direct Recruitment to schools and an Assessment service where qualified psychologists and speech pathologists are able to conduct psychological, educational and speech pathology assessments.
EARLY LEARNING AND PLAYGROUP
OzChild provides many services which encourage social inclusion and emotional development, including playgroups and classes to develop early literacy practices and language skills.
In Portland, OzChild works with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) providing Indigenous children with opportunities for social inclusion, including playgroups and planned activities promoting language, cognition and fine motor development skills. These playgroups are free or low cost and may include singing, imaginative outdoor play, free play, art and craft, outings and cultural activities.
OzChild also facilitates the Koorie Play Group Network which supports multiple playgroups in the Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool and Framlingham regions.