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News and Parent Information

On October 17th 2016 BECIS was honoured to host the book Launch of "Mr Peacock Searching for a friend" By Dr Noel Thomas. Noel is a long term supporter and highly valued member of the BECIS board. He has had a long and distinguished academic career in education at CSU. Noel was joined by many friends, family, former colleagues  and a very excited group of children. The children enjoyed an afternoon of storytelling, craft and eating peacock inspired cupcakes. Dr Thomas is very generously donating $5.00 for each sale of the book to BECIS and we are most appreciative of this. We wish Noel and of course Mr Peacock the very best for the book

PlayConnect - described below


What is it: PlayConnect is a Free playgroup for children aged 0-6 years who have an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), or display similar behaviours that would benefit from a supported play environments/ The Session will be run by trained Early Childhoos staff using all the wonderful resources at BECIS.

When is it: Monday mornings 10:00am - 12:00pm during term time

Where is it: The BECIS Playrooms, 1439 Charles Sturt University, Panorama Ave, Bathurst NSW 2795 (Next to the Mitchell Early Learning Centre).

Cost: The playgroup is FREE plus a yummy morning tea provided for all, with siblings most welcome.

How do I join the group: Contact Bron Hatton on 02 6338 4453 or

Come along and make some new friends both parents and children.


Great new resources available for Parents transitioning to the NDIS, with the NDIA partnering with the Raising Children Network.

The NDIA has partnered with the Raising Children Network website to create online articles and a videos series to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

NDIA General Manager Media, Communications and Engagement, Maryanne Diamond, said the NDIS would provide Australian children who had developmental delay or disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they needed to live an ordinary life.

"These new online resources will help parents understand how the NDIS can support their child, be it through early intervention, personal care and support, access to the community, therapy services or essential equipment," Ms Diamond said.

"The NDIS is a big change, but there's things parents can do in the lead up to get NDIS Ready, such as find out when the NDIS will be available in their area and think about their child's goals."

The new NDIS resources are freely available at on the Raising Children Network website.  (link is external)

What is the NDIS?

The NDIS stands for National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

"The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.

We will work with you to identify supports you need to live your life. Supports may help you achieve goals in many aspects of your life, including independence, involvement in your community, education, employment and health and wellbeing.

The NDIS gives you more choice and control over how, when and where your supports are provided, and gives you certainty you will receive the support you need over your lifetime.

It also focuses on early intervention where getting early supports can reduce the impact of disability on you or your child."  * NDIS Website 2016

The scheme will be rolling out in our area in July 2017. As the scheme has been designed, trialled and rolled out across the country much information has been made available to explain how the scheme works, who is eligible and how we go about accessing it.

The first place to visit for information is the NDIS website which is easy to navigate and updated regularly. We recommend you take some time to read through the website and even subscribe to the newsletters and updates available. Each month the BECIS website and Facebook page will upload the latest newsletters for you and any events that may be held in our area to help with the transition to the scheme.

We also have a parent information folder available in the foyer at the service along with copies of pre planning books and brochures.

As things progress and develop with the NDIS we will keep you up to date and help to guide you through the transition.


Working closely with our aboriginal community.

Our very own Therese Inwood has recently been published on the ECIA( Early Childhood Intervention Australia) blog site. She shares her experiences working closely with the aboriginal community in Bathurst particularly with Aunty Kerrie at Towri Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services (MACS).Take some time to read about all their great team work here at the blog spot.