FAMILY CENTRE SOCIETY
Picnic in the Park
Inspiring families to build caring relationships with each other, our neighbours and the broader community.
A vibrant, joyful child and family community where families connect, share, learn and grow.
INCLUSIVITY (Openness, Kindness, Generosity, Trust, Friendship)
CREATIVITY (Fun, Play)
COLLABORATION (Mentorship, Reflection, Knowledge, Sharing, Leadership)
Play and Learn Activities
Children participate in the range of developmentally appropriate ‘play and learn’ activities in our well organized, equipped and staffed playroom where they demonstrate growth in all developmental domains.
Parent Education and Skill Development
Parents who join our informal discussion groups and our pre-registered education and skill development groups have increased knowledge of child development. They are more aware of health, safety and discipline issues and know about ‘best practices’ in parenting. Parental skill development opportunities are an integral part of our centre programming – “learning more about my child’s temperament”...”listening and focusing on what I can do to change behavior positively.
Outreach and Early Intervention Services
Through outreach strategies families who would not necessarily access community resources are enabled to attend flexible drop-in activities, make use of much needed concrete services (food, clothing, toys and books). They begin to build relationships with others and access additional resources to support themselves and their children.
School Readiness and Literacy
These programs are an integral part of each Family Centre drop-in session. Children participating in school readiness and early literacy programs develop the prerequisite skills - social, emotional and intellectual - to ensure a smooth transition to kindergarten.
Community Referral and Information
Parents accessing our referral and information resources are linked to their community, building a wider supportive network for themselves and for their children. Children who require extra supports (for example speech and language assessment, health information) are identified, referred to appropriate resources and very importantly, staff at the centre support families during the process.
Volunteer Experience and Training
The drop-in program is a welcoming and supportive setting where community volunteers, who may include parent mentors and other care-givers, develop workplace and specific professional skills, as well as a sense of belonging.