Services

Plumtree is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for young children ages birth to 8 years old with a developmental delay or disability and their families. We help children to grow and develop, reach their potential and participate in the community.

Drawing on our years of experience and broad expertise, we provide education, therapy, information and training in a variety of settings—mostly in the home, and also at the child’s preschool, child care centre or school, and our Marrickville centre.

We provide practical services and support to children and their families, helping them to enjoy the time they spend together and to discover everyday learning opportunities. We see families in the Inner West and South East areas of Sydney. Click on the plum text below for more details.

Getting together to play and learn at Plumtree:

Individual support

We provide each family with one of our highly qualified, caring and compassionate staff members who acts as a key worker and a single point of contact. This person works in partnership with the family to develop a plan that will support their child’s growth and development while considering the needs of the whole family. Each key worker is supported by the skills and experience of the Plumtree team.

Click on the plum text below for more details on our individual services:

  • Early Links – For children birth to 9 years old and their families for an 8 week program.
  • Plan and Do – For children birth to 8 years old and their families for a 18, 30 or 40 week program.
  • Treetops – Families can use their funding packages (FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism or Better Start), sessions under Medicare rebates, or self-funded.

Preschool

Plumtree Preschool is an inclusive community preschool located within Plumtree children’s services; Yabsley Avenue, Jarvie Park Marrickville. From July 2016 the preschool will be open 5 days /week with the addition of a Monday Tuesday program.

Plumtree Preschool is a small 20 place preschool for children 3 years to school age. Plumtree has great staff child ratios 1:5. The program is play based and with the high staff ratio all children’s individual needs are fostered and extended on building on each child’s love of learning. Being attached to Plumtree Children’s services the preschool can utilise the expertise of multidisciplinary team to further support all children. The spacious environment gives the children opportunity to explore and challenge themselves throughout their play while learning to work with their peers.

 

 

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Explorers Play

Why might I choose this?

Enjoyable play activities offer opportunities for very young children to develop their abilities in moving, playing and communicating. A speech pathologist and physiotherapist are available to talk with you about your child’s development. There are also opportunities to talk with other families.

Who can come?
This group is open to families enrolled at Plumtree who have a baby or very young child.

When and where?

At Plumtree in Marrickville between 9:30am and 11:00am on Mondays. There are no groups during the school holidays, and staff will give you a list of dates.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded.

How do I join the group?

Please phone during the week before your first visit, so that staff are looking out for you. You may be asked to fill out an enrolment form, if you haven’t already done so.

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Stay and Play

Why might I choose this?

Children’s learning and communication are encouraged through fun and motivating play experiences including indoor play, music and movement and circle time. Stay and Play is a little more structured than the Saturday Playgroup: children have opportunities to practice being a member of a group and following a routine. A speech pathologist and early childhood teacher are available to talk with you about your child’s development. There are also opportunities to talk with other families.

Who can come?

This group is open to families who are enrolled at Plumtree.

When and where?

At Plumtree in Marrickville between 11:30am and 1:00pm on Mondays. There are no groups during the school holidays, and staff will give you a list of dates.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded.

How do I join the group?

Please phone during the week before your first visit, so that staff are looking out for you. You may be asked to fill out an enrolment form, if you haven’t already done so.

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Saturday Play

Why might I choose this?

This is an informal group for all the family, where you can meet other families and share information and ideas. You will also meet members of the Plumtree team, who will be glad to talk with you about your child’s development.

Who can come?

This group is open to families who have a preschool aged child enrolled at Plumtree. All members of the family are very welcome.

When and where?

At Plumtree in Marrickville. Playgroup is held between 10:30 to 12:30 every Saturday, except when there is a long weekend. Staff can give you a list of the dates when there is no group. You can come every Saturday or just occasionally—whatever is best for you.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded.

How do I join the group?

Please phone during the week before your first visit, so that staff are looking out for you. You may be asked to fill out an enrolment form, if you haven’t already done so.

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My Time Marrickville

Why might I choose this?

This is an opportunity to share support, to talk together about experiences, concerns and successes. Childcare is provided in a separate room—or you can attend without your child if he/she is at childcare, preschool or school.

Who can come?

Parents, grandparents and other carers of children who have a disability or chronic illness.

When and where?

At Plumtree in Marrickville on Wednesdays between 10:30 and 12:30. There are no groups in the school holidays, and staff will give you a list of dates.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded

How do I join the group?

Please phone during the week before your first visit, so that staff are looking out for you. You may be asked to fill out an enrolment form, if you haven’t already done so. For more information about MyTime, go to www.mytime.net.au, or leave a message at Plumtree for the MyTime co-ordinator, Kate.

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Music Together

Why might I choose this?

Music Together combines music therapy, music education and musical fun. The session includes singing, playing percussion instruments, dancing and stories with a focus on interaction and communication.

The group is run by Dr Amanda Niland, an experienced music specialist.

Who can come?

This group is open to families of 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are enrolled at Plumtree.

When and where?

At Plumtree in Marrickville on Wednesdays between 9:30am and 11:00am for a 10 week course. There are no groups during the school holidays, and staff will give you a list of dates.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded.

How do I join the group?

Please let a staff member know if you would like more information about this program, or if you want to register for the waiting list.

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Splash Together

Why might I choose this?

The pool is a fun and motivating place for many children and playing in the water can also increase body awareness and coordination. Together we create opportunities for communication and interaction through singing, movement and play. Getting out to the pool also provides opportunities for children to learn to do things by themselves. Please note that this is not a ‘learn to swim’ class. If you are looking for swimming lessons we are happy to assist with information.

Who can come?

Families who are enrolled at Plumtree. Each child must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. You are welcome to bring along another adult if you have more than one child.

When and where?

The group meets at the Annette Kellerman Pool at Enmore Thursdays 2-3pm for a 10 week course. This program runs in Terms 1 and 4 of the school year.

Is there a cost?

No, this group is fully funded.

How do I join the group?

Please let a staff member know if you would like more information about this program, or if you want to register for the waiting list.

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Workshops and events

We offer a variety of workshops, information sessions and courses. You will also find social events for everyone to enjoy, alongside other families.

View the Learning Together calendar here or if you would like more information about an item on this Calendar, please contact us.

At Plumtree we believe that families are the key decision makers for their child, not just in the early years, but throughout schooling. We aim to support families in this role by creating opportunities to share knowledge and skills between families and staff.  The learning we do as adults can help us to face new challenges and reach our goals both now and in the future. When learning happens in groups, there is also the chance to meet other people with similar interests.

 

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Early Links

Why might I choose this?

When there are concerns about a child’s development, families and professionals work together to find out more about what is happening. Early Links is a flexible 8 week program which focuses on what is most important to you at this time. This might include practical sessions around problem solving, information, linking with other families, and linking with specialist services and community activities. This program is a good starting point for families with children up to nine years old who are still exploring their concerns for their child.

Who is involved?

One of our experienced team members will meet with you. Your child may be a part of the sessions or you may choose to have the sessions without your child so that you can focus on information sharing, planning and problem solving.

When and where

In your home or at our centre in Marrickville at a time that suits you.

Is there a cost?

No, Early Links is fully funded.

How do I join?

Contact Plumtree or for the flyer click here.

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Plan and Do

Why might I choose this?

This program combines planning with practical sessions for children up to eight years old. Planning plays a part in getting the right things in place for your child and family, and together, we develop a plan that will guide our practical sessions. As the program continues, we take time to talk about whether we are all on track, and what changes need to be made. We also make plans for what will happen once the program has finished. There is some flexible funding to help you buy toys, equipment or experiences that will support you in reaching your goals. Programs are available for 18 weeks, 30 weeks or 40 weeks.

Who is involved?

One of our experienced team members will be your key worker. Your child will be part of most sessions but you may choose to have some sessions without your child so that you can focus on information sharing, planning and problem solving. Your child’s childcare centre, preschool or school may be involved in some of the sessions.

When and where

In your home or at our centre in Marrickville. We can also visit the childcare centre or school for some of the sessions.

Is there a cost?

No, Plan and Do is fully funded.

How do I join?

Contact Plumtree or for the flyer click here.

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Treetops

Why might I choose this?

You may be on a waiting list for our funded programs and wish to purchase some Plan and Do sessions, perhaps using your private health insurance. You may have a government funding package such as Better Start or Helping Children with Autism through FaHCSIA, or be eligible for a Medicare rebate.

Who is involved?

One of our experienced team members will provide support to you and your child. We can also work together with your child’s childcare centre, preschool or school: however, it is important that we work closely in partnership with you so that you are a part of the planning process and fully informed of progress.

When and where

In your home or at our centre in Marrickville. We can also visit the childcare centre or school for some of the sessions.

Is there a cost?

Yes. This might be met through a government funding package such as Better Start or Helping Children with Autism (through FaHCSIA), paid for directly by you or partly subsidised through a Medicare rebate.

How do I join?

Contact Plumtree or for more information click here.

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