Marks Point Preschool Useful Links
Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)
The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and works with the state and territory regulatory authorities to implement and administer the NQF. Early Childhood Services are assessed to be ‘Exceeding’, ‘Meeting’ or ‘Working Towards ‘the standards under the framework through an assessment and rating process.
Family & Community Services
Community Services provides services across three key program areas – prevention and early intervention, child protection and out-of-home care. This department is the regulatory authority for early childhood services. The department licenses, registers or grants approval to operate services for children from birth through to school age.
Delivering a range of payments and services for people and families. Further information regarding Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) and other family services can be found via this link.
Good for Kids, Good for Life
The Good for Kids, Good for Life program is designed to support Early Childhood Education and Care services and Schools to promote healthy eating and physical activity to the children of our community. The Good for Kids team has worked in the Hunter New England health area since 2005 and are based at the population health unit. Good for Kids supports the NSW Ministry of Health’s Live Life Well @ School and Munch and Move programs.
Asthma Foundation NSW
The Asthma Foundation strives to improve the quality of life for people with asthma. Through this website information can be located regarding asthma prevention and management for people diagnosed with this condition.
Planet Ark helps people, governments and businesses reduce their impact on the environment. Planet Ark Environmental Foundation is an Australian can provide families with information on environmental behaviour changes such as ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ to promote a more sustainable future.
The mychild.gov.au website is Australia's online child care portal. On this website, you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centers in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services' vacancy and fee information. This site also has information and links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services.
Immunise Australia Program
Immunisation is the most significant public health intervention in the last 200 years, providing a safe and efficient way to prevent the spread of many diseases that cause hospitalisation, serious ongoing health conditions and sometimes death. Families can find the most current information regarding immunisation for children of all ages on this website. Children are required to be fully immunised under the Law ‘No Jab, No Pay’ to receive Child care Rebates and Benefits.
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network provides information and fact sheets on illnesses, accident prevention, poisons information and other medical information for families requiring advice and guidance regarding children’s safety and medical conditions.
Cancer Council Australia
This site contains valuable information on sun safety recommendations and cancer prevention. Services are related under Caner Council Australia every 3 years and we are a proud ‘Sun Smart’ early childhood service.
Little Scientists Australia
Little Scientists Australia is a not-for-profit professional development program for early childhood educators and teachers combining inquiry-based learning with age-appropriate STEM exploration (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centres can become Little Scientist Houses showing they excel in this area.
As STEM is important to ensure the competitiveness of Australia’s workforce in the future, educators and children engage in workshops promoting natural curiosity, build confidence and inquiry skills through playful science, technology, engineering and mathematics stations to inspire children’s interest and engagement in this area. More about STEMs programs can be found through this link.
Other Service Contacts
Child Protection hotline 132 111
Domestic Violence hotline 1800 65 64 63
Poisons information 131 126