Good Beginnings and Save the Children join forces
Good Beginnings Australia and Save the Children Australia are joining forces to better help children in Australia's most vulnerable communities. Read more
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Australian children

GROW UP SAFE,
HAPPY AND HEALTHY

Good Beginnings’ programs, which are part of Save the Children Australia, build better outcomes for children and their families in vulnerable communities. We use effective early intervention and practical parenting programs, so every Australian child has the opportunity for a good beginning in life.

Find out how you can help

Not All

Australian children

GROW UP SAFE,
HAPPY AND HEALTHY

Find out how you can help

Good Beginnings’ programs, which are part of Save the Children Australia, build better outcomes for children and their families in vulnerable communities. We use effective early intervention and practical parenting programs, so every Australian child has the opportunity for a good beginning in life.

Not everyone in life has a good beginning

Help For FAMILIES

Every child deserves agood beginning...

Help For FAMILIES

Good Beginnings provides free early childhood and practical parenting programs for children and families across Australia, based at our Early Years Centres, Schools, or visits to your home.

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To ensure a good beginning for every child, whatever their circumstances

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Our THEORY OF CHANGE

Improve child development

  • Increase children’s confidence and self esteem
  • Increase language and literacy development
  • Establish a smooth transition to primary school, with children having achieved all key developmental milestones
  • Improved social and emotional wellbeing
  • Strengthened social skills
  • Increased/improved participation
  • Stronger sense of cultural identity
  • Reduced exposure to circumstances that create ‘toxic stress’
  • Development needs of children who have been exposed to toxic stress are met

 

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Improve families’ confidence, knowledge and skills to fulfill their children’s needs

  • Increased parenting confidence
  • Improved parenting knowledge, skills and competence
  • Improved parental ability to manage change
  • Improved parent participation in children’s educational lives
  • Improved ability to respond to children’s needs
  • Increased capacity to engage more confidently in their child’s education
  • Improved relationships within family and between parents
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Increase community connectedness and social inclusion

  • Improved social inclusion for parents and families
  • Improved relationships with other community members and services
  • Increase in social connections
  • Improved access to community services
  • More supportive communities
  • Build more positive relationships between students, families, the school and wider communities
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Children grow up loved, safe, with material basics, healthy, learning and participating

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The ANNUAL REPORT

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  • MOBILISE 2026+

    Mobilising external systemic change, shifting attention from modest short term goals to harder-to-achieve long term solutions...

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  • The ANNUAL REPORT

    Download Our Latest annual report here
  • PARTNERSHIPS

    Businesses, Foundations and Government partner with Good Beginnings across Australia both at a national and local level, to ensure the continued delivery of effective early-intervention programs.

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  • Get Involved

    You can help give children a good beginning by making a donation, holding a fundraising event, volunteering or working for us.

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PRESENTATIONS AND SUBMISSIONS

  • The National Child and Youth Framework… Read more
  • Presentation on developing multi- agency partnerships… Read more
  • Place- Based Solutions: Community informed planning… Read more
  • Not-for-Profit Financial Sustainability: Securing your organisation’s… Read more

OUR STORIES

Supporting Young Mothers

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2nd January 2015

 A young mother of two young children was referred to Good Beginnings for support with a complex range of parenting issues. Both of her pregnancies were unplanned and…

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Our Manifesto

We believe in childhood

Our Manifesto

We believe in childhood

WE KNOW PARENTING IS DONE BY MANY

Early is better than late

OUR ACTION IS FOR OUTCOMES

We work with communities

CHILDREN, PARENTS & COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

Program areas supporting our theory of change

When we work with families and communities we listen. They are the best placed to know what they need. The Good Beginnings connect approach responds. Together we talk, listen and plan for action and positive change. Good Beginnings develops partnerships, delivers services and advocates for change to bring about better outcomes for children.

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CHILDREN & FAMILIES

These are available to all families in a community. The groups provide opportunities for children to learn and for parents and carers to build more confidence and skills in helping children grow. Some groups might be for specific family types (for example, Baby Play2Learn is for families with a child under 12 months), but all groups are open to anyone.

ADVISORY & DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Australia is programs rich and systems poor. Good Beginnings’ advisory & development activities are about shifting attention from modest short term goals to harder-to-achieve long term solutions, tackling the root of social problems. Good Beginnings utilises knowledge from local communities to influence policy and create new planning and delivery approaches.

IN-HOME SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES

Some families find it difficult to access support services, so Good Beginnings goes to them. Support is often in family homes, but may also be in locations agreed by both parties. Good Beginnings also supports families with a parent in prison.

REFERRED SERVICES

These groups are more focused and attendance is by referral or invitation. Focal areas include children in out-of-home care, children who are at risk of neglect or abuse, and children who are having difficulty in their early schooling.

PARENT EDUCATION

Short courses for parents and carers to help them understand and best help their children. These sessions are most often run as a series of discussion groups over a few weeks.

OUR PARTNERS

Major National Corporate Partners:

Major Philanthropic Partners:

Major Government Partners:

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