Early Connections Alliance attended the Mid North Coast Careers Market in May 2018. Hosted by Mid Coast Connect the day offered young people an opportunity to find out more about careers in the region.
Early Connections Alliance offers rewarding careers supporting Mid North Coast children and families
The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme brings more demand for early childhood professionals across a range of professions.
As demand for services continues Early Connections employs a growing team of professionals to support families on the Mid North Coast.
Mentoring and learning opportunities
The Alliance offer fantastic mentoring and learning opportunities from a transdisciplinary team of over 60 professionals located between Taree and Coffs Harbour.
The team enjoy positive relationships with families and children with disabilities and have successfully won two awards for inclusion and best practice.
Strong and connected network
Early Connections Alliance is a network of not for profits working together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast. All locations are Registered NDIS Providers working with a diverse range of children with a variety of needs and diagnoses.
Life changing services for children
According to the Australian Early Development Census, one in five Australian children start school vulnerable in their social, emotional or cognitive development.
Early Connections offers speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and child psychology. All services are supported by a key worker and team of early childhood teachers.
Occupational Therapist Rochelle Connor graduated from Newcastle in 2015 and now works at Manning & Great Lakes.
“I grew up with a sibling with a disability so have always had a close connection and interest in working with children. As an OT I enjoy optimising children’s development so they can engage in meaningful daily activities. Working in Early Childhood Intervention strengthened my passion for working with children and their families as I have seen first hand the significant impact you can have on a child’s life when support is provided during such a fundamental stage of their development.”
Speech Pathologist Naomi Jaques graduated from Charles Sturt University and now works for Port Macquarie / Hastings team.
Using speech, sign pictures or Alternative and Augmentative communication (AAC) devices, Naomi helps children reach their communicative potential. She enjoys helping families to build their own skill sets to help their children communicate.
“I love undertaking therapy through play and enjoy getting to know the individual and the beautiful, kind, adventurous, funny, determined personalities,” said Naomi.
Thanks to the national peak bodies for sharing resources with us. To find out more about the joining a profession visit:
- Speech Pathology Australia
- Occupational Therapy Australia
- Australian Psychology Society
- Australian Physiotherapy Association
- Early Childhood Intervention Australia