At treehouse we deliver Early Intervention and School Aged Programs for children living with disability or developmental delay. Our programs support children aged 0 to 8 years and their families and carers.
We support you to support your child –
your child, your family, your goals.
All our programs are individually planned to meet the specific needs and goals of each family and aim to see children happily enjoying the first stages of participation in family and community life.
Treehouse is implementing the Transdisciplinary Key Worker model which is considered best practice and is the Early Intervention model that will be funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Under this model, you will work very closely with a Key Worker. This is the person you will work with most of the time, they are someone who cares deeply about children and families. They may work with your family for many years and it is hoped that you will develop a close bond and partnership.
Your Key Worker’s role is to support you to identify and achieve goals for your child and family.
This is achieved through direct support and linking you with other professionals and the broader community. Your Key Worker may be a special educator or allied health professional such as an occupational therapist, speech pathologist, social worker, physiotherapist or psychologist. Treehouse is currently building our team of early childhood teachers to include allied health professionals.
This model aims to reduce the number of professionals a family needs to be in contact with to support their child. It is also designed to ensure that knowledge about what is working for your child and family is shared with all those involved in your child’s care.
Transdisciplinary Key Worker Model
As a result of our work families achieve:
- improved health and early childhood development outcomes for their child
- increased access to and inclusion in community settings
- greater parental confidence and reduced stress
- expanded parenting skills
- connection to support networks in our local community
- belonging, acceptance, friendship and partnership.
We work with you to build a team and community around your family and your child.
Are you worried about your child’s development? We can help, ring us to discuss you concerns.
Our flexible programs combine family support, education and therapy in inclusive settings that reflect each child’s development stage.
It’s all about supporting kids to enjoy meaningful inclusion in family and community life.
A Key Worker + other programs = your family care package
You start with a Key Worker and can then add programs to compliment and further support you to achieve your goals:
Transdisciplinary Key Worker
The Key Worker is the main person you will work with. They are there to support you to achieve identified goals for your family and child. You may work together for many years and you can expect your Key Worker to provide:
- Emotional support
- Information and advise
- Strategies to identify and address needs
- Coordinate your access to additional specialist services as needed.
Early Intervention Learning Groups
Each week our children come with their family to a small group session to have play-based therapy. These are structured groups where we work together to practice the goals that you have identified for your child. This focused time supports children to develop and strengthen their motor, cognitive, language, social and emotional skills.
Our groups prepare children for larger group settings such as preschool and also give parents and carers access to additional skills to improve their child’s development at home and in the wider community. In our groups families make long term friendships, have a break from their home environment and learn in a community context.
Preschool or Childcare Support
Treehouse staff are well known at our local preschool and childcare centres where we are regular visitors. By visiting your child in their preschool and childcare settings we aim to see all children enjoying meaningful inclusion. We aim to build a partnership with your child’s education professionals and support them to develop strategies that best support your child’s inclusion and education.
We also encourage you to build strong links with your child’s educators. It is from here that we all start to work together to prepare your child and family for school. Treehouse also provides outreach support to Bungendore, Murrumbateman, Jerrabomberra and Captains Flat preschool and early learning centres.
Transition to School
At treehouse we understand that starting school is one of the biggest and most exciting steps your child will take in their life. Strong relationships and information sharing between families, early childhood settings and schools before children start school helps to ensure a smooth transition. Your Key Worker will support you to understand what educational settings are available for you to choose from and then ensure all the important information about your child’s needs, preferences and learning styles are considered by the school they will be attending. Our transition to school program can continue into your child’s first year of school as needed.
Treehouse coordinates access to specialised therapy through FaHCSIA’s Helping Children With Autism (HCWA) and Better Start Programs. As a provider under this program we administer a consortium of Allied Health Professionals including occupational therapists, speech pathologists, physiotherapists and psychologists. Our strong links with these professionals encourages collaboration and shared goals as set in Individual Family Support Plans.
Children above three years of age are invited to participate in our swimming program at the Queanbeyan Pool. This subsidized, inclusive program sees children learn to swim in small groups in a main stream setting. As well as learning to swim children increase their strength and coordination and improve a range of developmental skills such as gross motor, receptive language, auditory processing and sensory skills.
School Holiday Program
The REACH program offers families of school aged children up to 11 years of age access to a small amount of respite during the school holidays. Our program operates between 9am and 2pm for 3 days of each school holiday and 6 days during the longer break in January. This is a casual program with some planned activities where children can come and relax.
Our toy library provides an opportunity for families to borrow from a vast array of well made, specialty toys that have been designed to support your child’s skill development and imagination. By borrowing toys instead of purchasing, families can access toys at the right developmental stage and change these regularly as their child’s needs change.
Our programs are funded by
- NSW Department of Family and Community Services – Ageing, Disability and Home Care
- NSW Department of Education and Communities – Intervention Support Program
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
- ClubsGRANTS NSW
- The generosity of our community through donations and fundraising activities.