Local Community Resources

Community groups and organisations that can provide early literacy support for families.

Because Early Words was developed for Western Sydney families, we've found lots of places where you can find early literacy support for families locally. If you live outside of Western Sydney, look for similar places in your community.

Annette Alexander reading a picture book aloud

Libraries

Your local library offers books, tapes, cds and story times for children from birth.

With a library card you can borrow books free. Ask your librarian to help you organise library cards for your family.

Librarians are keen to help parents and carers develop a love of literacy with their families.

Follow this link and type the name of your local government area (eg ‘Blacktown’) to find your local library in Australia.

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Toy Libraries

Your local Toy Library helps encourage your child’s language and learning with the opportunity to borrow a wide range of toys that you may not have at home.

Children learn an amazing amount through play, developing many skills and abilities that will help with learning at school.

Our Library at the Hub
Ayres Grove
Mt Druitt
Phone (02) 8886 2000
Castle Hill Toy Library
Castle Mall Shopping Centre
basement car park (not Castle Towers)
4 Terminus St, Castle Hill
Phone (02) 9634 1457
Parramatta Toy Library
Focus Support Service, Resources & Toy Library
1A Civic Place
Parramatta
Phone (02) 9891 1112
Sunny Corner Toy Library Sunny Corner
12 Station Rd
Auburn
Phone 9649 8173
www.sunnycornertoylibrary.org.au
Possum Community Toy Library
Available at locations:
Katoomba
Hazelbrook
Springwood
Winmalee
Penrith
Phone (02) 4758 996'
Noah's Ark (Special Needs)
Norwest Anglican Parish
Chapel Lane
Crestwood
Phone (02) 9411 4429
Westmead Toy Library
1 Oakes Street
Westmead
Phone (02) 9891 1822
Toy Library on Wheels
Stops monthly on Mondays at:
Riverstone
Stanhope Gardens
The Ponds
South Windsor
Phone 0404 078 178
www.toylibraryuca.com.au
Penrith Toy Library
Available at Library locations:
Penrith
St Clair
St Marys
Emu Plains
Phone (02) 4735 5577
Blue Mountains Library Toy Library
Available at Library locations:
Blackheath
Springwood
Wentworth Falls
Katoomba
Lawson
Blaxland
Phone (02) 4723 5040

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Playgroups

Playgroup parents and children bobbing up and down

Playgroups offer a wide range of activities for families and carers with children, from birth to school age.

They give you and your child(ren) a chance to play and talk with other local families, and can help prepare children for school.

Ask at your local health centre or baby health centre for playgroups near you. Your Council will also have details of playgroups with contact addresses and numbers.

There may be a playgroup in your school, local church or community centre.

Click here to find the many playgroups around Australia registered with Playgroup Australia.

Click here to find some playgroups across NSW.

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Local Councils

Local Councils offer resources for families. You can find local activities, libraries and children’s services that will expand your children’s skills and experiences.

Auburn Council

Children’s services and libraries can be found under the "Community" tab.

Baulkham Hills Council

Under the 'Residents' tab, click on 'Community Information Directory' for their Children's Services directory'.
Under the 'Library' tab, click on 'Services and Programs' for a listing of what's on for children.

Blacktown City Council

Under 'Residents', click on 'Library Website' and 'Child Care' for information.

Blue Mountains Council

Find the community directory under 'Library Services.

Hawkesbury Council

Check on the 'Community' tab to find 'Community and Youth Services'. Also look under the 'News and Event's' tab.

Holroyd Council

Find children's and library services under 'Community Services'.

Parramatta City Council

Click on the 'Play' tab, then under 'Facilities', click on 'Library'. You'll find information under the 'Community Information' and the 'Just for…' links.

Penrith City Council

Scroll to the bottom of the page for children and library information.

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Migrant Resource Centres

Migrant Resource Centre worker with parent and child

Migrant Resources Centres support a wide range of families from a variety of cultural backgrounds with workers from their local communities.

Contact your local Migrant Resource Centre for help with translation and family support. Some centres offer mothers’ groups and playgroups.

SydWest Multicultural Services Inc (Blacktown)
Phone (02) 9621 6633
E-mail info@sydwestmsi.org.au
The Hills Holroyd Parramatta Migrant Resource Centre
Phone (02) 9687 9901
E-mail admin@thhpmrc.org.au
Auburn Diversity Services Inc
Phone (02) 9649 6955
E-mail reception@auburndiversity.org.au

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Two children reading togetherSchools as Community Centres and Community Hubs

Some public schools offer programs that are designed for parents with children aged 0-5.
Click here to find a School as a Community Centre (SaCC) across NSW.

Local Public Schools that run programs include:

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Adult literacy

Parents who cannot read can still pass on the love of language and stories to their children. Here are some tips.

The Reading Writing Hotline

The Australian Government funds this hotline. This national telephone literacy referral service is for adults and will direct you to local literacy assistance.

Call 1300 655 506.

Local literacy support for adults - TAFE NSW

Blacktown, Baulkham Hills, Granville, Lidcombe, Wetherill Park and Mt Druitt TAFE colleges run free language, literacy and spelling courses. Follow this link to search for a literacy course at a TAFE near you.

Adult literacy and numeracy courses are free for Centrelink clients who receive a benefit, provided Centrelink makes the referral. For more information, go to the Centrelink website.

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