The Focus of Our Efforts
KEYS to Family Support is a free service for parents and carers living in the Kwinana community with children aged between 0 - 12 years
Family Support Workers assist with:
Home-based, on-site case management for family assistance
Developing and enhancing family relationships
Enhancing social and life skills
Family support around child behaviour
Empowering families to achieve positive life outcomes
Information and referral pathways to appropriate services including other KEYS programs
Families experiencing domestic violence/ homelessness and financial problems
Transport assistance with prior arrangement
KEYS Counselling is a free service offered to parents/ carers living in Kwinana, with children aged between 0-12 years.
Short term support is available for:
Parenting concerns and goal achievement
Ages and stages of understanding child development
Behavioural issues and management
Developing and enhancing family relationships
Life skills and social skills
Identifying and expressing feelings and thoughts effectively
Increasing self-worth and learning assertive communication
Information and referrals to appropriate services
Parents As Teachers
The Parents as Teachers Facilitator offers home visits to Kwinana families that are customised and centred around play based activities focussing on the age and stage of development of each child. The Facilitator assists parents to understand their child's development, whilst connecting them to appropriate resources.
On each visit the Parents as Teachers Facilitator will:
Observe the child's development and explain the importance of play, offer information about the play based activity and encourage parents to participate
Discuss the challenges facing the family as a whole
Talk to parents about family dynamics, their parenting values and core beliefs
Help parents build strong protective factors to keep themselves, their child and their family healthy, strong and resilient
Link the family to the community and events that may be of interest and value to them
Encourage, mentor and support the parents to be the best they can be
Play is the main way children learn about the world around them. A facilitated playgroup is fun; helps children learn simple routines and enables them to participate in new experiences.
The KEYS staff model positive communication and behaviour skills with the emphasis on children playing to learn.
The playgroups are an opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to come together to meet new people and connect to their community in a safe, relaxed and non-threatening environment. Playgroups are one of the first and most effective interactions a new family can have with the community that they move into.
We are also a source of other community information which may be useful to families e.g. upcoming parenting workshops, school starting and enrolment dates, local health services, etc.
EPEC - Empowering Parents Empowering Communities
KEYS is proud to be home to the first Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) hub in Western Australia.
EPEC is a proven method of prevention and early intervention that helps children and families get the very best start in life. EPEC parenting courses are led by local parent facilitators who have completed accredited EPEC training and receive ongoing training, supervision and support from parenting specialists based in a local EPEC Hub. Each EPEC Hub provides the expertise, organisation, ethos and oversight to ensure safe, high quality, and effective practice.
EPEC aims to improve child development and outcomes, parenting, family resilience and social capital. The Being a Parent course combines the latest developmental science and theory with well-evidenced parenting strategies and methods involving:
• Attachment and parent-child relationships.
• Understanding and managing children’s feelings and parents’ emotional regulation.
• Parenting roles, expectations and culture.
• Parent listening, communication, play and interaction skills.
• Positive behaviour management and discipline strategies.
• Managing parent and family stress.
NAPPY is a Parenting Support Group for young parents and their children. Delivered in collaboration with Ngala (as the lead agency) the project aims to build the confidence and self esteem of young parents by providing opportunities to develop essential life parenting skills; to empower individuals, their families and the whole Rockingham community.
Ngala together with KEYS deliver support programs to provide preventative and intervention strategies to build strong parenting skills and develop a secure attachment and a positive relationship between parent and child to support the holistic development of the children. At present the group runs once a week on a Tuesday during school term at the Ngala Rockingham.
The project aims to link young parents into community networks including formal education and employment services, universal services, community services and to provide warm referral pathways. A KEYS Family Support Worker is in attendance at each group and is able to assist with any additional needs the parents may be experiencing.