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Children and family centres

Children and family centres bring together early childhood education and care, family support, and child and maternal health services in one location.

The centres help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children from birth to 8 years get the support that young children need to optimise their development.

The centres resulted from a joint Australian and Queensland Government commitment to improve outcomes for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Programs and services

Services and programs at each centre vary depending on the needs of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The following is a list of services and support that may be available at children and family centres.

Early childhood education and care

  • Support to access kindergarten, long day care, school age care, family day care or transition to school programs
  • Toy libraries and information resources
  • Playgroups
  • The Mackay, Mornington Island and Mount Isa Children and Family Centres offer a long day care service.

Parenting and family support

  • Families will be assisted to access kindergarten programs, child care services, school-aged care, family day care or transition to school programs
  • Support to families to prepare for and enrol in kindergarten programs
  • Playgroups
  • Kindergarten enrolment
  • Parenting information and support services
  • In-home or in-centre counselling
  • Family wellbeing programs such as cooking and healthy lifestyle courses
  • Referrals to specialist services for family wellbeing

Child and maternal health

  • Child health and development advice and information
  • Health screening and assessments
  • Ante and post natal screening
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Immunisations
  • Referrals to specialist health and disability services

Locations and contact details



Phone number

Cairns (Wuchopperen Health Services Ltd)

6 Moignard St
Manoora 4870

(07) 4080 1159

Doomadgee (Save the Children Australia)

Dumaji CFC
Goodeedawa Rd
Doomadgee 4830

(07) 4745 8096

Ipswich (Kambu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health)

27 Roderick St
Ipswich 4305

(07) 3810 3000

Waterford West (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service, Brisbane)

Glenda St
Waterford West 4133

(07) 3200 4762

Mackay (Crèche and Kindergarten Association Ltd)

Celeber Dve
Andergrove 4740

(07) 4842 0600

Mareeba (Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Primary Health Care Service)

Cnr Atherton and Sutherland St
Mareeba 4880

(07) 4092 7667

Mornington Island (Save the Children Australia)

Ngakulwen Nyeerwe CFC
Mukakiya St
Mornington Island 4871

(07) 4745 7075

Mount Isa (North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services)

Ngukuthati CFC
70 Short St
Pioneer 4825

(07) 4743 2900

Palm Island (Palm Island Community Company Ltd)

Reid Lane (off Main St)
Palm Island 4816

(07) 4791 4031

Rockhampton (Bidgerdii Community Health Services)

Cnr Charles and Bawden St
North Rockhampton 4700

(07) 4928 5043

Community early childhood services

If children and family centres don’t provide the services you need, you can also access:

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16 January 2018
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