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 provides 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.

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
  • Physiotherapy
  • 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.


Ask Lifestart

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
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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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