Groups and programs
ODEEP offers the very successful Parents as Teachers Program to all parents in the Orange, Cabonne and Blayney region. Each week parents with new babies from birth to 12 months will meet with other new parents along with the ODEEP educator. Families have the opportunity to interact with other families and share common parenting concerns or accomplishments. Each session will provide an opportunity to learn about and receive information relating to a different area of child development. Practical demonstrations and hands on involvement will assist in ways to actively stimulate your baby's development. Throughout the play there is further opportunity to share and discuss the joys and challenges that may arise in this age group.
Families with babies from birth to 12 months of age are encouraged to participate. They may remain in the program until the child is two and a half to three years old.
Parents as Teachers groups are built on the idea of community. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about Teachers as Parents at ODEEP to come see our work in action at one of our sessions. If interested please call 02 6361 4093.
When: Fridays during school terms
Where: At ODEEP
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Age: 0 to 12 months
The PAL group is a sister program to the Parents as Teachers baby group and is open to the entire community. The PAL group caters to older children aged 2 yrs 6 mths to 4 years and focuses on parent and caregiver education and support. This education and support builds upon parents understanding of child development, assisting them in gaining practical and hands on ideas and ways to support their children acquiring the skills they may require for school.
When: Wednesdays during school terms
Where: At ODEEP
Time: 10.00 am to 11.30am
Age: Approximately 2 and a half years to 4 years (accompanied by a caregiver)
Play and Learn (PAL)
MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child aged 0 to 18 years with a disability or chronic medical condition.
It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy. It’s support for you.
MyTime groups provide facilitated peer support to families raising children with complex needs. Peer support groups provide an opportunity for people who are living similar experiences to share those experiences and support each other. A play leader provides educational activities and experiences to under school age children who attend the group.
Facilitators work with group members, helping them to get to know each other and learn more about the services and supports in their area. Through talking and sharing experiences, you can build relationships with other families. You can also access research-based parenting information and learn new skills. Members choose what they would like to discuss in their groups, with help from the facilitator. Depending on what the group wants to do, the facilitator might guide group activities or provide resources.
When: Thursdays during school terms. Each 8 week block begins the second Thursday of each new school term.
Where: At ODEEP
Time: 10.00am to 11.30pm
Eligibilty: MyTime is open to anyone who caring for a child with disability, developmental delay, or chronic medical condition. Groups are open to everyone, regardless of the condition of their child. Children below school age may also attend groups with their parent or carer.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call us on 02 6361 4093