Accept Difference. Support Connections. Formerly known as Hastings Early Intervention Program

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In 1981 the Port Macquarie Community Pre-school was approached by the Department of Youth and Community Services to auspice a new program for disabled children.  The pre-school received a grant of $20,000 from the Handicapped Persons Bureau to establish the Port Macquarie Early Intervention Program.  This program was housed in a small room at the pre-school.   Mrs. Lea Herron was the first employee.  Her role was to provide weekly playgroups, and where possible, individual programs, for children in Port Macquarie, Taree and Kempsey.

In 1983 the demand for services in Port Macquarie and Kempsey meant that services to Taree were discontinued.

In 1984 further demand for services in Port Macquarie meant that services to Kempsey were discontinued.

In 1993 a State Community Services grant from Department of Community Services and a Commonwealth Special Education grant was received and extensions were built.  The Early Intervention Program now had their own centre, including a larger office and toy library facilities.

In 1998 Hastings Early Intervention Program became a separate incorporated association with their own committee of management.

In 2000 the program then commenced a long, hard fought battle to secure funding to renovate the facilities as the program had outgrown the small office.

In May 2004 Hastings Early Intervention Program received a generous donation from Mr. Peter Safer, a Coffs Harbour resident, towards the building renovations fund.

The Hastings Early Intervention Program continued to raise funds and seek out appropriate funding options.

At the beginning of 2007 the program received a matching grant from the Department of Transport and Regional Services, under the Regional Partnerships Program.

Later in 2007 the facilities were extensively renovated.  The new facilities included a large classroom, therapy room, staff offices, kitchen, preparation area and staff bathroom.

In 2016 Hastings Early Intervention Program joined with four other Early Intervention programs in the Mid North Coast to become an alliance known as “Early Connections”. It also extended the services it provides to include Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.

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