The Cottage Family Care Centre worked collaboratively with parents and children to support them in becoming confident, strong and resilient families engaged in their communities.
The Cottage Family Care Centre (CFCC) was established in 1981 by local residents in response to the high levels of need and disadvantage in the Campbelltown community as a support and early intervention service for families with children aged 0-5 years of age.
In 1989 a purpose built facility was built by Uniting Care Burnside. This enabled the program to expand to provide services for up to 36 children a day from approximately 65 families.
The CFCC was established to be a safe caring and trusting environment for the children while engaging parents in a range of interventions. The CFCC operated as a licenced preschool within home support provided by Family Workers.
The programs offered developed over the years. In more recent times there has been increasing research and understanding of brain development and especially the impact of trauma on brain development. In particular early life experiences and the quality of the caring relationships are crucial to healthy brain development and future life outcomes. Based on this knowledge and, with an understanding of the potential for issues to be intergenerational, the CFCC aimed to intervene as early as possible to strengthen family functioning and the child parent relationship.
The emotional wellbeing of the child attending the CFCC was always a high priority. As such therapeutic interventions based on the work of Dr Bruce Perry, were in place to support and develop children’s resilience as well as develop their fine motor, gross motor, language, social and cognitive skills.
The work of the CFFC was recognised in 1999 when it received the National Child Abuse Prevention Award and in 2003 when it received the Premier of NSW Community Service Award.
The programs were funded by the NSW Government.
In June 2015, all functions of the Cottage Centre were transferred to UnitingCare Burnside