Welcome to Lifestart
Lifestart, a not for profit organisation and registered charity, provides early childhood intervention and school age years programs and supports to children and young people living with disability or developmental delay. Lifestart uses a family / person centred approach to meeting the priorities and needs of children and young people, their families and carers. It is based on the concept of partnership with children and young people, their families and carers, to assist and empower them to participate meaningfully and inclusively in our community.
Since 1996 Lifestart has grown from one centre and now offers early childhood intervention, transition to school and school age services in seven centres across Greater Sydney, as well as a number of outreach programs. In June 2014 Lifestart commenced a new Clinical Practice and Outreach Support Service (CPOSS) in the Illawarra / Shoalhaven region. Our new School Age Years (SAY) Inclusion Support program is expanding from the Inner West and Eastern Sydney to the Nepean Blue Mountains and Sydney’s Northern region. Lifestart’s programs and supports have made a difference in the lives of thousands of children and their families. Lifestart currently supports over 1100 families and children. Our committed staff team offers a range of flexible and responsive individual supports to children, young people and their families / carers to assist them to achieve their gaols and aspirations.
Lifestart uses a key worker approach. A key worker is the person you will see and talk to the most. A key worker is an early childhood intervention professional and may be a speech pathologist, special educator, occupational therapist, social worker, physiotherapist or psychologist.
All children and young people are able to participate inclusively and meaningfully in their community.
Building inclusive communities for all children and young people.
Lifestart is committed to provision of supports based on the values of:
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Programs and Supports
Early Childhood Intervention - Lifestart’s highly skilled therapists, educators and family support staff work in partnership with your family to achieve the best possible outcomes for your child’s learning and development.
Early childhood intervention may include:
- Speech therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Special educators
- Psychologists and social workers
Lifestart’s School Age Years (SAY) Inclusion Support program recognises that children, young people and their families may require support at key life stages such as: transition to and participation in primary school and high school, life after school, support at times of change including puberty and the teenage years, the development of important relationships and social connections.
Lifestart’s Clinical Practice Outreach and Support service recognises that children have many learning opportunities in their natural environments and daily routines. Our team of specialist staff is focused on supporting the people who are with your child to develop the skills they need to achieve the outcomes you want for child. This service is provided in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven area.
Lifestart Plus is an additional early childhood intervention and therapy services can be provided on a private fee for service basis.
Parent workshops, courses and open playgroups are available at our centres.
If you have any questions about our services or would like to become a Lifestart member, sponsor, supporter or volunteer, contact us, Monday to Friday (9am-5pm):
Street address: 78C Charles Street Putney NSW 2112 Australia
Postal address: PO Box 3277 Putney NSW 2112 Australia
Telephone: (02) 9364 0111
Fax: (02) 9807 9600
Centres are located at Cumberland, Eastern Sydney, Eastwood, Hornsby, Inner West, Nepean, Northern Beaches, Turramurra and Illawarra/Shoalhaven.
Lifestart is supported by government and also relies on the generosity of the community to provide services for children and their families who live with disability.
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