Housed within the University of Newcastle’s Special Education Centre, Firstchance is a not-for-profit organisation that supports families with a child with a disability by providing a range of quality early childhood intervention and school age programs. They employ highly qualified and professional staff across a range of disciplines, including early intervention teaching, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Covering the local government areas of Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens, all Firstchance programs have a family-centred approach to the provision of services, believing that each family is the expert on their child and that every child, young person and family come with their own strengths, capabilities and diversity.
Early Childhood Intervention Programs are offered to children aged 0 – 6 years and their families. These include centre based services, outreach consultancy, a home based program, EarlyStart program and parent/carer groups. For more information about the Early Childhood Intervention programs, click here.
Strengthening Families supports families of children and young people with disability (6 -18 years) living in the Lake Macquarie area. This includes information, parent training workshops, regular newsletters and support via home visits.
Teen Time offers vacation care and after school hours care at the Lakeside Special School for young people with a disability.
For more information about Firstchance’s School Aged Programs, click here.
Getting Involved with Firstchance
Firstchance runs its quality programs with a combination of government grants, parent fees and money raised through activities run throughout the year.
Fundraising plays a big part in bringing that little extra something to the children, their families and members of the Firstchance community. You can help make a difference by donating at the Firstchance website or attending a fundraising event. Follow Firstchance on Facebook for more information.
To find out more about the programs available, visit the Firstchance website.