In Wellington Shire, the management and delivery of early years services such as maternal child health, immunisation, kindergarten and parenting support groups are shared between Community and Health services.
Maternal & Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications in Maternal & Child Health. The Service is confidential and free to families with children between 0-6 years of age. Families can attend the centre of their choice by appointment, or by dropping in to an open session, appointments are not required.
Your Nurse can assist with assessment of your child's growth and development at various key Ages & Stages - at arrival home after your baby's birth, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3 1/2 years of age.
The service also runs new parent groups, particularly for first time parents and young mothers under 20 years of age.
For messages and appointments please call:
Wellington Shire Council offers immunisation for members of our community. For more information please visit the Immunisation page.
Wellington Shire Council does not manage or coordinate kindergarten enrolments or kindergarten programs.
To locate a kindergarten in your area, please use the Find a School or Early Childhood Service directory on the Department of Education and Training website.
Further information on the different types of kindergarten is available from the Department of Education and Training website.
In Wellington Shire there are several places a parent or carer can visit to seek friendship and support. Support includes, social support via a playgroup, or develop parenting skills through parenting workshops.
There are many local organisations that run parenting support programs throughout the year, including:
The Municipal Early Years Plan (MEYP) is a local area strategic plan that describes how early years services and other community, health and education services will work together to address early years outcomes.
Please visit the Strategies and Plans page to view Wellington Shire's current Community Early Years Plan.