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Illawarra Multicultural Services
The Illawarra Multicultural Services (IMS) is a non-profit, community-based organisation that provides information and help to migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants living in the local government areas of Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven.
Address: 17 Auburn Street
Wollongong NSW 2500
Postal: PO Box 876
Wollongong East NSW 2520
Phone: 4229 6855
Bilingual General Practitioners Directory for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions
Produced by Healthy Cities Illawarra in partnership with South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.
Click HERE to download the directory
Childcare Services (Children's Services Switchboard )
A free information service to assist parents/carers to make informed decisions about child care.
Tel: 9557 0900 or Freecall: 1800 803 820
Provide a range of translation services at affordable rates, and are experienced with the community services sector.
132 055 Parent Line – Free information for parents available 24 hours toll free in NSW Parent Line is a telephone help line for NSW parents of children and young people aged 0 – 18 years. Experienced counsellors are able to provide on the spot advice, information by mail or links to other services. Parent Line also provides multi lingual and Aboriginal counsellors.
Parent Line is run by Centacare through funding provided by the NSW Government. For more information and fact sheets visit www.centacare.org
Community Services (formally DoCS - NSW DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES )
. . . working to support and protect children, and help build strong families and communities to raise those children
Find out about the types of care available, how to choose the right care for your child and situation, and supporting children with additional needs.
Brochure also available in six community languages: Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Macedonian, Turkish, Vietnamese, for example: http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/DOCS/STANDARD/PC_100222.htm
~ parenting articles for Arabic Parents & Carers
for Pacific Parents & Carers
Community Services (formerly DoCS) has a parenting magazine specifically designed for the needs of Pacific parents, carers and families. It can give you ideas of how things happen for kids, what they might be doing at certain ages, and how you can give them the best possible start in life. The magazine articles are provided on this site for you to read online or print.
Early Words - available in several different languages
This project can help parents, carers and professionals know how best to introduce children to a love of words, and prepare them for the world of reading and writing. Here you'll find:
- tip sheets (downloadable in a choice of colour/black & white, plus in several different languages!)
- practical ideas
- Australian and international links
- how to choose books for any age child
Caring for Babies and Toddlers
Games cards - simple games to play with babies and toddlers available in Indigenous/English, Arabic, Chinese one of many helpful links on this web page.
Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne - Centre for Community Child Health
Parent fact sheets (Childcare and Children's Health)
Many fact sheets available on a range of topics such as: looking after babies, outdoor play, talking to babies, talking with childcare professionals about your child, baby massage, music experiences for young children, health topics.
Research links for professionals and information for parents about reading with children 0-5 years. Available in variety of community languages.
IMS Spanish Playgroup
Address: Barrack Heights Public School, Hunter St Barrack Heights NSW 2529
Days: Fridays 10.30am - 1.00pm
Ph: 0406 508 971 for Carolina Jara-Vidal or Ph: 4296 4222 for Robert Cusack
The Macedonian Playgroup is a facilitated group for parents, grandparents, and carers of children 0-6 years of age on Thursday 9.30am-11.30am. Morning Tea is provided and cost is free of charge.
Ph:4229 6855 for Pat & Ph:4225 2405 for Jaklina
Address: Barrack Heights Primary School Hunter St Barrack Heights 2528
Childrens's Resource Library (Illawarra Multicultural Services)
Resource Library that caters for children 0-12yrs. Useful resources for students, caregivers, childcare services and members of the public. Courier options are available (fees apply).
For further information Ph: Ann-Margaret on 4229 6855.
Address: 27 Atchison St Wollongong 2500
Centre for Community Child Health (Resources and Publications)
On this link, Multilingual fact sheets are available in the following languages:
Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Somalian, Spanish, Turkish & Vietnamese
on the following topics:
Responsive Care Giving for Infants
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) families
Conversations with Babies
Transition to School
Dads and Child Care Services
Duty of Care
Talking with Childcare Professionals about your Child
Literacy as Part of Everyday Life
Reading with Young Children
Reducing Infectious Diseases
Music Experiences for Young Children
Healthy Teeth in Child Care
Child care services are community centres
The Social Baby
Recognising serious illness in young children
Constipation and children
Water for Infants and Young Children
Baby teeth 0-5 years
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
A variety of information sheets on a range of health topics. Information available in the following languages: (Note, not all sheets available in all languages, and some of the links are broken)
Albanian Amharic Arabic Armenian Assyrian Auslan Bengali
Bosnian Burmese Chinese Creole Croatian Czech Dari
Dinka Dutch English Farsi Fijian Filipino French
German Greek Hindi Hmong Hungarian Indonesian
Italian Japanese Khmer Koori Korean Kurdish Lao
Macedonian Malay Maltese Maori Oromo Polish Portuguese
Punjabi Pushto Romanian Russian Samoan Serbian Sinhalese
Somali Sorani Spanish Tamil Tetum Thai Tigrigna
Tongan Turkish Ukrainian Urdu Vietnamese
Australian Childhood Foundation - Kidscount
Information about how children grow and develop, and how to respond to them at different stages. Information is available in the following languages:
A range of fact sheets in a variety of languages
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
A range of fact sheets on children's health topics, also available in a variety of languages.