Children & Families
Feeling connected to the people in our community is vital to an overall sense of physical and mental health. At SNCC we believe no one deserves to feel isolated and alone. We help families in the community access a variety of supports and services through several targeted programs.
We offer different programs to suit different needs and can refer you to various services if required. These include: mental health; child and family services; housing and the aged and disability sector.
Sunday openings on Market Day
At SNCC we love making children laugh, engage and wonder why things are the way they are. Why do things work the way they do? We believe learning about the world and teaching children to be curious is a wonderful opportunity. Whether it’s science, maths, nature or storytelling, we have a variety of activities for kids and their families.
Evidence is increasingly showing the importance of learning about science, technology, engineering, art, and maths (S.T.E.A.M.) and our programs adapt those key principles in a fun and engaging way.
Our fossicking fossil collectors take your child’s imagination to the deepest jungles of the Jurassic period. Let them discover what it would have been like walking with a dinosaur. They can get up close to a dinosaur’s foot by peering through a microscope. Boosting curiosity through hands on learning is a way to encourage children’s skills from an early age.
Our Bug Club allows children to learn about insects in an eco-friendly holistic context. They get to touch different insects and discover why we need to love bugs and insects as part of ecosystem.
“My children love coming in to Bug Club” and Charlotte (aged 7) says, “It is the best place ever”.
Children and adults will love taking time out from the markets with a coffee to meet some of our wonderful volunteers and participate in activities that are fun, enriching and engaging.
Festive Traditions Continue at Manners Park
Christmas time comes alive at Manners Park, where we continue the 40-year-old tradition of decorating the Deodar tree. Children from local schools gather to decorate the tree with the help of the Springwood Fire and Rescue. With the help of the Officers, children climb the tree and decorate the branches with their handmade creations.
Parents and grandparents come along and watch the tree transform into a kaleidoscope of Christmas colours. Many have fond memories of decorating the same tree when they were young. It’s an important tradition that builds excitement and a lifetime of memories every festive season in the Springwood community.
“Thank you so much for making our family feel so welcomed. Our daughter has been loving her time so much”. Anon.
Tanderra is a place for children to play, learn and explore and socialise in a safe, caring and fun environment. We offer children a place where they can be creative, relax and have fun with friends.
Our staff are trained in Behaviour Guidance and Autism, First Aid and Child Protection.
We love what we do at Tanderra OOSH and help foster self-esteem in children. We recognise the unique qualities of each child who uses the service. Tanderra’s core values of Care, Respect and Understanding for all people and the environment are encouraged and nurtured.
Raising Kin: The Changing Nature of Families
We recognise that families come in all shapes and sizes, with a variety of needs. At SNCC we have a wide range of activities and support services.
Last year over 4000 members of our community visited the Centre, including 600 children under the age of 5. We are committed to providing continuing support for families and offer services that make a difference to people’s lives.
The success of a 3-year program focusing on kinship carers prompted SNCC to continue its grassroots work in promoting the wellness and role of carers in the community.
The Raising Kin program provides regular support and meetings to those caring for children such as grandparents and other family members. For those facing the challenges of parenting a second time, the Raising Kin program encourages connection and friendships.
The Floundering to Flourishing Program
At SNCC we value the role of children in our local community. We help children build resilience with our targeted programs. We understand parenting can be challenging and the Floundering to Flourishing program supports parents build confidence and resilience in children and families. Run in partnership with Gateway Family Services since 2017, this popular and successful workshop runs regularly at SNCC’s Tanderra OOSH service. Contact SNCC for dates for our next workshop.
Circle of Security
Gateway Family Services and SNCC run a 7-week parent group promoting healthy relationships between children and their families. The Circle of Security program focuses on the importance of these relationships in a positive and supportive environment. The program helps parents and caregivers look past a child’s behaviour and help children feel loved and supported in their world. The result is children with better developed empathy and improved self-esteem. The program also helps children build better relationships and develop the skills to help them the demands of school.