Children and Families
The City provides a broad range of programs, events and facilities to meet the diverse interests and needs of children and families across the City of Armadale. These include:
- A dedicated Children and Families Officer within the Community Development Department who works with community members and organisations to understand and support the interests, aspirations and needs of local children and families.
- An annual program of events including the Highland Gathering, the Christmas Parade, Carols by Candlelight, Australia Day and Movies in the Park which are aimed at the whole community including children of all ages and their families.
- Three Libraries which offer a wide range of activities and events, as well as a broad range of educational and entertainment resources.
- The development and maintenance of parks, playgrounds and recreation spaces for children and families to enjoy.
- A range of programs delivered by the City's Recreation Team at the Arena Recreation Centre and through the Kidsports initiative.
Useful Information and Links
For information on local schools please visit the Department of Education website.
Child and Parent Centre - Challis Primary School
The Challis Child and Parent Centre is one of several centres across WA located in a local school to give families easy access to advice, programs and services. Services include antenatal and child health checks, immunisation, parenting information, playgroups and specialist health services. Call 9498 3580 or pop in for a chat.
The Community Health Nursing Services are free for children from birth to 18 years. The services include child health, school health, Aboriginal child health, refugee child health, and immunisation. To find your local services follow the links on the Department of Health website
Playgroups are a great way for both young children and parents to interact with others. Contact Playgroup WA on 1800 171 882 or visit www.playgroupwa.com.au to find registered playgroups within Armadale and surrounding areas.
Baby Rhyme Time
- Kelmscott Library from 10.30 to 11am on the second Wednesday of every month
- Armadale Library from 10.30 to 11am on remaining Wednesdays of the month
- Harrisdale Shopping Centre from 10 to 10.30am every second Friday commencing 1 March
Learning English through Storytime (LETS)
- Aspiri Primary School 9 to 10am on Mondays (six sessions)
See the flyer for more information
For more details or programs at the Libraries call 9394 5125
Little Green Steps
The City has entered a two year partnership with Little Green Steps WA (LGSWA) to equip early childhood services to contribute to a sustainable future. These services are free of charge. To help you find organisations that can support your sustainable practices, Little Green Steps WA has created the Armadale Early Childhood Sustainability Directory. For more information go to www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au
Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)
The Australian Early Development Census is a community measure of young children's development, based on the scores from a teacher completed checklist consisting of over 100 questions. The AEDC provides communities from around Australia with the opportunity to better understand how they can allocate resources and concentrate their efforts towards improving outcomes for children. For more information and results of the AEDC, including results for the Armadale area, visit www.aedc.gov.au.
New 2019 results out now!
Armadale Early Years Network (AEYN)
The Early Years Network plays an important role in connecting a community by working collaboratively to develop and implement initiatives, services and activities aimed at improving outocmes for young children and families. Early Years Networks provide opportunities to share knowledge and experiences, discuss emerging early years issues, gain insights and perspectives from community representatives, and foster initiatives to improve conditions.
Keep up to date with the Armadale Early Years Network on our Facebook page.