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QEC’s Early Parenting Services offer programs for families with children from birth to the age of four.
We know that children develop very quickly during their first three years. It’s really important that they get the best start in life then.
We also know that it can be really hard for parents. They often face many challenges.
Our staff are expert and come from a range of professions: nursing, social work, psychology, early parenting, child development. They work with families to ensure that the environment is welcoming and that parents and children learn at the pace they want to learn.
1 DAY PROGRAM
QEC's modern and popular Day Stay Unit allows families with babies and toddlers, to spend the day learning and practising new skills.
The program gives parents the ability and the confidence to deal with a range of parenting issues relating to unsettled babies, such as lactation and breast feeding, infant formula preparation and feeding, weaning, first foods and toddler meals, as well as difficult toddler behaviour.
It also provides lots of help with communicating with children and, most importantly, the fun stuff…. play!
5 DAY PROGRAM
The Residential Program offers an intensive style of support and care for families who are experiencing complex difficulties with their young children.
The residential stay is usually 5 days long. Families are provided with practical support, education and advice whilst living at QEC.
Each family is provided with a suite, each with a main bedroom containing a double bed, a children’s room and ensuite bathroom facilities. All the suites have a garden outlook. The dining room, kitchen, sitting room, playroom, gardens and courtyards are shared.
Our friendly professional staff work alongside families to develop a child and family action plan that is individualised to each family. The program aims to promote healthy child development and family wellbeing, by improving early parenting practices, family communication and interaction, child safety and the importance of play and positive interactions.
QEC professionals will offer one-on-one coaching and counseling. The family will meet other families with children of a similar age and parents attend group education sessions with other parents.
The staff will also make referrals to services in your local community for ongoing care or support if parents need it when they go home