Children's Services

Known locally as MacKids, Children’s Services deliver Early Learning programs for children from birth to school age across ten of our communities.

Providing early childhood services within the MacDonnell region offers children and families in remote Aboriginal communities a safe and healthy space that allows children to explore, discover and learn about their world and develop to their potential.

Children’s Services also provides employment and training opportunities within the community. This enables the local educators to provide the cultural knowledge needed to deliver strong Early Childhood programs that helps kids grow strong in mind, body and culture.

The Early Learning programs work collaboratively and in partnership with other agencies and engages with families and children in the Council communities. These collaborative partnerships foster the child’s love for learning as they provide opportunities to develop children’s full potential while enabling parents and carers to build confidence and skills to make better-informed decisions for their children.

MacKids programs are supported by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training through their Jobs for Families package and a Community Childcare grant. Families are required to apply for the Childcare Subsidy through the Department of Human Services and families are responsible for the small gap fee that is charged.