Supporting National Children’s Week 2022 with the Children’s Week Council of Australia

Join Meerilinga and the Children’s Week Council of Australia as we prepare to celebrate National Children’s Week 2022! In 2022, Children’s Week will be celebrated across Australia from 22 October to 30 October 2022. Each year, Children’s Week Council of Australia selects an article which becomes the theme for Children’s Week across the country. The […]

Celebrating NAIDOC at Meerilinga Beechboro

On Tuesday 28 June 2022 Meerilinga Beechboro held their annual NAIDOC Week celebration. With over 200 children, staff, students, community members, dignitaries, and family members in attendance the day was a huge success! National NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures, histories, achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and participate […]

How can we talk with children under five about racism?

We know that talking to children about racism and social justice are not always easy conversations to have, nor are they a one-time occurrence. There is also no unique solution or answers to every question that may arise. Research has shown that children as young as 6 months old notice differences between people such as […]

Child Care Subsidy (CCS) Updates: 1 June 2022

Recent updates about the Child Care Subsidy from the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Combined families get higher CCS soon Families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care can get a higher Child Care Subsidy (CCS) for their second child and younger children. Combined families will automatically start […]

Find answers to your COVID-19 questions for children

With COVID-19 in our community, it’s important we’re prepared and able to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Understandably, parents have a lot of questions about vaccination, so the WA Government have worked with local paediatric experts to answer them. This series of videos called ‘You’ve got questions’, features Dr Chris Blyth, Paediatric Infectious Diseases […]

Promoting strong and connected communities in WA since 1911

Meerilinga Children and Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work with children, their families, early childhood professionals, local governments, and the community to raise the status of children in Western Australia. We began our journey as early learning advocates […]

Higher Child Care Subsidy is coming soon!

From 7 March 2022, families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care will get a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children. Families may be eligible if they: earn less than $354,305 have more than one child aged 5 or under in child care This means you can save […]

Five reasons to study Early Childhood and Care with Meerilinga

Looking for a career change into the early childhood education sector? We’d love to help you get started with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care! But there are so many training providers … what makes Meerilinga the right place for you? Our class times are work-life balance friendly Our courses run part […]

Early Learning with Meerilinga

At Meerilinga we believe in a balanced approach to teaching and learning.  Our play-based ethos encourages our children to wonder, ask questions, and to explore the world around them. At the heart of all our early learning centres is the knowledge that children who learn through play are happier and more confident. We provide holistic […]

DijiRed visit to Meerilinga Training College

Our Meerilinga Training College students met with Iva Fraser from DijiRed last week and received five refurbished laptops to assist with their studies! DijiRed is a not for profit organisation that recycles donated digital devices and passes them on to students in need. DijiRed started in early 2020 as Western Australia went into lockdown due […]

5 Actions To Take For Reconciliation Week 2021 

It’s Reconciliation Week 2021! National Reconciliation Week runs from 27 May to 3 June every year. So, what does Reconciliation Week mean? National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. […]

Cyber Safety Tips for Parents: Screentime + More

Navigating screentime, cyber safety and device use is akin to a constantly-shifting obstacle course for modern parents. So, how do we make sure our kids stay safe and happy in the face of this digital world? Read on for 7 cyber safety tips for parents:   1. How much time online is ok? This is […]

Trauma informed practice in early education

As an early childhood educator, at one time or another you have probably encountered a child who was exhibiting ‘difficult’ behaviours. However, we are learning more and more about how important it is to consider how a child’s experiences outside our care, particularly instances of trauma, that may be shaping these behaviours. This understanding can […]

5 signs you should work in early childhood education

Ever dreamt about spending your weekdays finger painting… and getting paid for it?! A career as an early childhood educator is one of the most fulfilling around – plus, it’s a highly in-demand industry, with childcare centres and early learning programs across Perth actively recruiting for caring, qualified staff. According to Ceridian’s 2019 “The Australia […]

New Ballajura Kindergarten Program!

We are excited to share that our beautiful Ballajura centre will now be running a Bindi Kindi program! Our Bindi Kindi is a toddler program for 2-3-year olds, and is a wonderful way to introduce your little one to the joys of early learning in a fun, nurturing environment. Children in the Toddler Program will […]

What Is Parenting By Connection?

Raising tiny humans is the most precious of roles – not to mention, one of the most challenging things you’ll likely ever do! And sometimes, a little support is worth your weight in Tim Tams. Have you heard of Parenting by Connection? This is a really supportive, helpful skill-building workshop that many parents find super […]