Meerilinga Young Children’s Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; working with children, their families, early childhood professionals, planners and the community to raise the status of children in Western Australia. Meerilinga’s association with children dates back to 1911, to the pioneers […]

It’s OK for children to be bored!

Cast your mind back to your childhood… Do you remember those times you’d whine at your parents or teachers, “I’M BORED!”  What was their reaction? When you hear the same words coming from the mouths of your own children, what is your reaction? Well, the good news is that bored is not such a bad […]

Heart Beat First Aid heads to Meerilinga Beechboro

On Tuesday 28 March, the Royal Life Saving Society WA gave a free Heat Beat First Aid course to interested community members at Meerilinga Beechboro.   The three hour course covered all manors of injury. From burns, poisoning and choking, to drowning and CPR. Learning essential life-saving skills to offer first-aid to a baby, child, […]

Meerilinga Parenting Service Update

Due to changes to the Parenting Services funded through the State Government Department for Local Government and Communities, Meerilinga will close its Parenting Support Home Visiting Service to agencies and families as of the 15 February 2017. No new referrals will be accepted from 6 February 2017. Children and family centre based parenting activities and […]

Want to win a $100 gift card?

High Wycombe and Cockburn Early Learning Program Enrolment Competition There’s never been a better time to enrol your child in the Early Learning Program at either the Meerilinga High Wycombe or Cockburn Children and Family Centres. At the end of Term 1, 10 lucky families from each of the centres will win a $100 gift voucher. How do you enter the […]

FREE Trial Day at Meerilinga Cockburn

When we are looking to find an Early Learning Centre for our children, it’s important to remember that their happiness is the most important factor to consider. At Meerilinga, while we know that you will be impressed by our nature play based activities and energetic teachers that are leading the way in early learning education […]

FREE Trial day at Meerilinga High Wycombe

One of the most important things many of us forget when we are looking to find an Early Learning Centre for our children is that their happiness is the most important factor to consider. At Meerilinga, while we know that you will be impressed by our nature play based activities and energetic teachers that are […]

Creating a Community Hub in High Wycombe

As any of us who have done a renovation could attest it takes a lot of time and quite often money. Imagine if you had an army of volunteers knock on your door and ask if they could help with your project. Believe us it can happen and the inspirational new nature playground at our […]

Meerilinga Christmas Closure

Please note that all Meerilinga locations will be closed for the festive season: Thursday 22 December 2016 – Wednesday 4 January 2017. We wish everyone a happy holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2017. If you need support during this time please contact one of the following support lines dedicated to helping adults […]

Play Based Learning Using Loose Parts

Providing children with access to loose parts materials enables them to use their imaginations in an endless variety of ways. Loose parts are materials that can be played with in an open-ended way. They include man-made and natural resources and can be large or small scale, such as stones, sticks, cones, shells, logs, planks, crates, […]

Mental Health in the Early Years Seminar

As part of Children’s Week 2016, Meerilinga partnered with ten other agencies in the Thinker in Residence Program, an initiative of the Commissioner for Children and Young People WA. The program brings world leading researchers and practitioners to Perth to raise awareness about important issues that impact the wellbeing of our youngest citizens. This year’s […]

Important Notice – Meerilinga Parenting Service

Dear parents and caregivers, Due to changes to the Parenting Services provided and funded through the State Government, Meerilinga will need to temporarily close its Parenting Service Facilities to new families. This is not something we do lightly however we feel it would be unfair to take on new referrals at this time without being […]

Autism Association Branches out into Joondalup

The Autism Association of Western Australia have expanded their Coffee and Catch Up Parent Groups in 2017 to Joondalup in addition to their catch ups in Midland, East Fremantle, Inglewood, Floreat and Australind. The groups are for parents of children with any disability under 16 years. Join them for a chat, a cup of tea […]

Modern Families at Meerilinga

Our CEO Lesley Moreschi spoke to The West Australian about the increasing role of grandparents in children’s lives and her changing role as a grandmother. Read more:  

Play Away from Screens for Children’s Week

Our CEO Lesley Moreschi spoke with The Sunday Times/Perth Now during Children’s Week in October to discuss the impact of too much time in front of TV, computer and tablet screens on children’s development. Read the article and find out what Lesley had to say here.

Learning about Dental Health

Our Early Learning Program and Kadadjiny Playgroup enjoyed a visit from Altone Dental last week. They gave a demonstration on the importance of brushing your teeth along with the correct techniques to keep them sparkling clean. The children had a fantastic time using the model to have a go at brushing the fake teeth. Every one also received […]