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Children's Services

Council manages several early childhood services as part of its commitment to supporting Central Desert residents. 

Children's Services is focused on training local staff to continually improve the quality of services offered to families within the region and formulating a strong vision and future plan for early childhood development.  All of our children’s services employ local early childhood educators who create and run a variety of stimulating, engaging, and educational activities within a program that is catered to each individual community group they are working within.

Childcare and Playgroup Services

Early Childhood Childcare Centres:

  • Laramba
  • Yuendumu

Playgroup Services:

  • Ti Tree
  • Six Mile
  • Wilora
  • Pmara Jujunta
  • Engawala
  • Yuendumu

A dedicated position of Children’s Services Manager and Early Childhood Mentor support and manage these services liaising with funding bodies and external stakeholders. The services are led by supervisors and coordinatorswho are  accountable to the Children’s Services Manager.  All staff work in collaboration with the community to recruit and support local early childhood educators.

In recognition of the importance of early childhood development, in line with the NT and Australian Governments' focus within the Children’s Services sector, we participate in a number of partnerships including with the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and its Regional and Remote Aboriginal Children’s Services Support Unit (RACSSU), Families as First Teachers, Children Services Support Program, and World Vision Australia to support training in Certificate III in Childcare for all local staff of early childhood services. 

Council is exploring future options with government departments for sites where there are currently no children's services.  


School Nutrition Program

Council currently runs School Nutrition Programs in the following locations:

  • Engawala
  • Laramba
  • Nyirripi
  • Willowra
  • Wilora
  • Yuelamu.

The School Nutrition Program (SNP), across all six sites, provides breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for all school aged children. All meals are prepared and provided by local school nutrition employees with support from Aged Care. Assistance is no longer provided by school staff or the Red Cross, however we do operate two of our services from school kitchens, all other SNP services operate in collaboration with Aged care.

Council has a strong focus on employing, training and supporting local people to attain qualifications in early childhood development. This is a long term goal that will provide sustainable staffing and real employment opportunities across the Central Desert Region. We are commited to increasing staff stability and education to improve services and long term outcomes for children, students and their families across the Central Desert.

To find out more about Children's Services contact John Gaynor, Director Community Services, on 08 8958 9500 or have a look at our Facebook group.