The Cradle to Kinder program is an intensive ante and post natal support service to provide longer term, intensive family support for vulnerable young mothers (aged up to 25 years of age) and their families. The service commences in pregnancy and continues until the child reaches 4 years of age.
It also provides intensive and specialised early parenting support to strengthen and relationship between parents and their children. This assists parents to meet the health, development, safety and wellbeing needs of their infants and young children. Further to this, it helps parents to build their own self-reliance and sustainability through access to education, vocation training and employment.
The service provides a combination of individual and group, centre/community and home-based interventions and supports.
Cradle to Kinder is for pregnant women under 25 years of age where:
a report to Child Protection or a referral to Child FIRST has been received for an unborn child and the referrer has significant concerns about the wellbeing of the unborn child, or
There are a number of indicators of vulnerability, or concerns about the wellbeing of an unborn or newborn child and Child Protection is not involved, or
The person involved is in out-of-home care (or has been).
Priority access will be given to women with an intellectual disability of all ages.