PROFILE: Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre

Profile: Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre


Tell us about Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre. What do you do?

We opened in March 2012 to improve the health and wellbeing, education and care of Tasmania’s very young children, birth to 5 years of age, by supporting parents/carers and enhancing accessibility of services in the local community. Parents/carers are offered opportunities to develop their skills, access pathways to training and employment and be supported in their vital parenting role.

Some of the programs and services we provide in partnership include:

  • Playgroups and Launching into Learning
  • St Giles: Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • Child Health and Parenting Services: Child and Family Health Nurse, New Mums Groups, Parenting Centre
  • Good Beginnings / Save the Children
  • HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters)
  • Parent Groups / Parenting Courses
  • Training courses
  • Employment support
  • Access Visits (Child Safety Services)
  • Referral and support


How does your service operate? How does someone go about accessing your service?

We provide a friendly and welcoming community environment which operates five days a week, Monday to Thursday (9.00am to 4.00pm) and Friday (9.00am to 1.00pm).

Parents/carers wishing to access our services can do this in several ways including: drop in and ask for advice or referral, telephone the centre and talk with one of our friendly staff or a volunteer, send an email, check out our Facebook page, or pick up a newsletter or current calendar to discover the possibilities on offer at the CPCFC.

Drop in and have a chat, a coffee or a play. Join in a playgroup, pop your name down for an upcoming course or ask us about making an appointment for one of our services, we are happy to support you in this process.


If you could give one health and wellbeing tip, what would it be?

‘It’s the little things in life’. Investing on our little ones reaps the greatest rewards both now and in the future for our community. This phrase also encapsulates the essentials in life: friendship, kindness, gratitude, love, forgiveness and playfulness.


How can we improve health and wellbeing in our city?

Addressing health and wellbeing issues within our community is a big job, however not impossible. If we can positively impact the life of one person / one family then the outward ripple effect can have a major impact on the wider community.

Health and wellbeing is a multilayered issue that our staff and volunteers are conscious of. We use a holistic approach through our programs to address health and wellbeing issues for the one and the many by:

  • A sense of belonging is created by providing an environment where everyone feels welcomed, supported and included.
  • Health and wellbeing are promoted through offering a diverse range of support services under one roof and by providing opportunities for learning, self-development and play.
  • Community development and capacity building opportunities are offered through specialist programs and projects that people from the local community can engage in (i.e. Our Place, Love in a Lunchbox, GROW community garden).
  • Life events are acknowledged and celebrated.
  • Connections, coffee and conversations.


Where is Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre located and what are your contact details? Family-Centre-Clarendon-Vale

You can find us on 25 Mockridge Road, Clarendon Vale. We are the colourful building in between the Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre Inc. and the Clarendon Vale Primary School.

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