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Families and children

If you would like to add or change a listing, please email mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au.

Al-Anon Family Groups

To help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem.

Anna Bay Supported Playgroup

Supported playgroup provides opportunity for parents and children to enhance their relationship in a supportive environment, increase their skills and confidence and develop valuable social and family support networks. Held every Monday in the school term from 9:15 to 11:30am.

  • Anna Bay Public School. 191 Gan Gan Road, Anna Bay  NSW  2316
  • 02 4982 1767

Brighter Futures — The Benevolent Society

Brighter Futures supports families experiencing domestic violence, mental health and difficult child behavior.

Carer Assist

Carer Assist supports the carers of people with all types of mental illness. It is part of the NSW Family and Carer Mental Health Program and is funded by the NSW Department of Health through the Mental Health Drug and Alchohol Office (MHDAO).

Child and Family Health Team

The Child and Family Health Team is a specialist community health service is provided for families with children aged 2 to 12 years. The service aims to promote the health, development and wellbeing of children and help coordinate and link in with appropriate support.

Christians Against Poverty

Corlette Grow N Groove Playgroup

Grow N Groove Playgroup is for children aged under 2. They meet Fridays from 10am to 12 midday.

Defence Community Organisation

Early Links

The Early Links program provides time-limited support to families of children aged less than 9 around the time of their child’s diagnosis with a disability or developmental delay.

Family Action Centre (FAC)

The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle aims to strengthen family and community wellbeing.

Fern Bay OOSH — Thrive Kids

Food War Inc.

Need help with your weekly grocery budget? Food War Inc. help people on a Government benefit card to purchase low cost groceries.

Gan Gan Family Centre

Gan Gan Family Centre is part of The Schools as Community Centres Project. It provides services such as playgroups, workshops and information with a focus on children 0 to 8.

Goodstart Early Learning Childcare Centre Anna Bay

Home-Start Family Services Australia

Home-Start is a Voluntary Home Service in which volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress.

Hunter Region No Interest Loan Scheme

Hunter Region No Interest Loans Scheme (HRNILS) provides no interest loans to low income families throughout the Newcastle Hunter region.


Interrelate is a not-for-profit provider of relationship services that specialises in supporting parents and children

Kaleidoscope — Child and Family Health Nursing

Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) is a primary health care service providing a wide range of health care and health promotional services to children and families.

Karingal Preschool Nelson Bay

Karingal Preschool offers full-day Early Childhood Education and Care from 9am to 3:30pm, Monday to Friday. The preschool is closed on Public & School Holidays.

Karuah Preschool

A small community-based preschool enrolling 35 children from 2 to 6 years. Our preschool maintains partnerships with both our Indigenous and non-Indigenous community.

Kinship Care — supporting grandparents as parents

KU Peninsula Preschool

KU Peninsula Preschool operates Monday to Friday for ages 2 to 6. Approved for Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR). Extended hours available.

Lifestyle Solutions

Lifestyle Solutions provides services to people with disability, young people and children in Out Of Home Care, their families and communities.

McAuley Outreach Service — Mercy Services

McAuley Outreach Service provides a home-based counselling service for parents (with young children) who have drug and/or alcohol problems affecting the family function.

Medowie OOSH and Vacation Care — Thrive Kids

Medowie Tigers Playgroup

Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Hunter

Mobile Preschool

Port Stephens Activity Van Preschool offers a challenging and stimulating educational program that provides opportunities for children to try new experiences, practice new skills and enjoy play at their personal developmental level.

Nelson Bay Preschool

Newcastle Multiple Birth Club

Newcastle Multiple Birth Club (NMBC) offers support to parents of twins, triplets or more, and to those expecting a multiple birth.

Play2Learn — Raymond Terrace

Play2Learn offers supported playgroups for 0-5 years during term time, and is free of charge. They meet Wednesdays from 10am to 12 midday.

Play2Learn — Tanilba Bay

Play2Learn offers supported playgroups for 0-5 years during term time, and is free of charge. They meet Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30am.

Playtime Nelson Bay

Port Stephens Family Neighborhood Services

Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services (PSFNS) is an incorporated not-for-profit organisation providing community services in the Port Stephens LGA.

Port Stephens Family Day Care

Raymond Terrace Community Preschool

Raymond Terrace Early Education Centre

Raymond Terrace Little Friends Playgroup

Raymond Terrace Little Friends Playgroup meets each Tuesday at 9.30am.

  • Uniting Church, 58 William Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
  • 0432 957 174

Raymond Terrace MyTime

MyTime provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child aged 0 to 16 years with a disability or chronic medical condition. The group meets from 9 to 11am each Thursday.

  • Irrawang Public School, 21 Geer Street, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
  • 1800 171 882

Raymond Terrace OOSH and Vacation Care — Thrive Kids

Salamander Child Care Centre

Seaham OOSH — Thrive Kids

Seaham Preschool

SeeChange Therapy

A multidisciplinary therapeutic practice that hosts therapies for diverse young children with a range of needs.

Shoal Bay OOSH and Vacation Care — Thrive Kids

SIDS and Kids Hunter Region

SIDS and Kids Hunter Region provides ongoing bereavement support for those affected by the death of a baby or child during pregnancy, birth, infancy or childhood.

Spirited — A Creative Play Cafe

St Nicholas Early Education

Medowie location opening early 2021

St Vincent De Paul Society — Raymond Terrace

The Salvation Army — Mainly Music

Songs, activities and playtime for preschoolers and their mums, dads, grandparents and/or carers.

The Smith Family — Communities for Children

The Smith Family facilitate the delivery of a range of services designed to improve outcomes for children from 0 to 12 years old and their families.

The Smith Family — Learning for Life

This program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay at school and go on to further studies or a job.

Thou-Walla Family Centre

A Schools as Community Centre project focused on families with children 0 to 8 years of age.

Tilligerry Family Network Service

The service supports families through access to parenting and support groups, playtime group, after school children's groups and  a volunteers program.

  • Mallabula Hall, Lemon Tree Passage Road, Mallabula NSW 2319
  • 02 4984 5298

Tomaree Coastal Adventures

Offers children's nature immersion sessions in Port Stephens.

Tomaree Library and Community Centre

Tomaree Neighborhood Centre

A not-for-profit organisation that identifies local community needs and provides relevant information, referral and other services to empower and improve the quality of life for community members and groups.

Tomaree OOSH and Vacation Care — Thrive Kids

UnitingCare Medowie Children's Centre

Wallalong Preschool

Williamtown RAAF Base Playgroup

Operates from Medowie every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30am to 12:30 pm for children aged 0 to 5 years.

Wirreanda OOSH — Thrive Kids

Young Parents Network

Provides a number of services to parents and pregnant young people, under 25 years, living in the Maitland and Port Stephens LGA.

  • Lowrie Lane Wallsend Campus Wallsend 2287
  • 02 4924 6550