Early childhood support for remote children and families

This page has information on the support available for children and their families in remote communities.

You can get help from services in your community including: 

  • education and learning programs
  • child and family centres.

These services may be located in the same place.

Families as first teachers program

There are education and learning programs in remote communities for you and your child.

The program is called the Families as First Teachers program. Sometimes it is also called FaFT.

The program includes:

  • reading and learning games for you to use with your child
  • books and games to use at home
  • support to help you keep your children healthy
  • support to prepare your child for school.

Find a program in your community 

Families as First Teachers is provided in schools in remote towns and as a mobile service in remote communities.

 Families as first teachers sites

SitePrincipalPhone
Arnhem region
AnguruguStephanie Blithner(08) 8987 6355
Galiwin'ku (Shepherdson College)Simon Cotton(08) 8987 9044
GapuwiyakClarice O'Leary(08) 8987 9122
MilingimbiJenny Sherrington(08) 8987 9902
ManingridaMiranda Watt(08) 8979 5950
NumbulwarCheryl Dwyer(08) 8975 4650
RaminginingSue McAvoy(08) 8979 7924
UmbakumbaAlessa Fremmer(08) 8987 6793
YirrkalaStuart Bramston(08) 8987 1988
Gunyangarra (Nhulunbuy Primary School)Vanessa Haw(08) 8987 0022
Palmerston / rural region
GunbalanyaEsther Djayhqurrnqa(08) 8979 0181
NgangmarriyangaJoe Hewett(08) 8978 2380
Alice Springs / Barkly region
AlekarengeAlex Carpenter(08) 8964 1957
ElliottJen Kite(08) 8969 2050
N'tariaCath Greene(08) 8956 7424
PapunyaGerhard Vermeulen(08) 8956 8515
YuendumuKlate McFarlane(08) 8956 4011
ArlparraJulie Permezel(08) 8956 9178
AmplitawatjaElizabeth Milne(08) 8956 9265
Tennant CreekAnthony Fahey(08) 8963 2424
AlpurrurulamLachlan Carlyle(07) 4748 4887
Katherine region
KalkaringiAdrian Trost(08) 8975 0778
Nguiu / Wurrumiyanga (Tiwi Island Regional Council)Milika de Santis (General Manager - Community and development services)(08) 8919 0407
(08) 8970 9600
NgukurrLynda Pascoe(08) 8975 4689
Wadeye (Catholic Education Northern Territory)Dr John Young(08) 8978 2477
BorroloolaMax Agnew(08) 8975 8780
LajamanuJames Bryant(08) 8975 0946
Burunga / WugularrJacqui Neale (Burunga)
Stephen Hill (Wugularr)
(08) 8975 4502
(08) 8975 4529

Child and family centres

You and your pre-school child can also go to a child and family centre in your community.

The programs and services offered at child and family centres could include:

  • early childhood education and long day care
  • parent support and family well-being programs
  • money management training and legal advice
  • health services for mothers and children including antenatal services
  • adult learning courses such as first aid and Certificate III in early childhood.

Find a child and family centre 

There are six child and family centres, which are located on school sites in the communities listed below.   

Go to the Education Directory website and search for the relevant school. Contact details for each school are also listed below.

SitePrincipalPhone
YuendumuKlate McFarlane(08) 8956 4011
ManingridaMiranda Watt(08) 8979 5950
GunbalanyaEsther Djaygurrnga/Sue Trimble  (08) 8979 0181
NgukurrLynda Pascoe(08) 8979 0181
PalmerstonRebekah Sadowski(08) 8932 1700
LarapintaBrenda Jolley(08) 8955 0811

Last updated: 28 November 2017