AEIOU’s Sippy Downs centre is unique, in that it not only has capacity to support 14 children with an autism diagnosis, but also enrols typically developing children under a regular day care and kindergarten service. The centre benefits from open spaces and visual access to nature and it’s not uncommon for children to spot wildlife such as wallabies, kangaroos and birdlife.
Located on the University of the Sunshine Coast campus, this centre features four classrooms, including a motor skills room and a nursery (catering for children from six weeks to six years of age).
The structure of the autism-specific program is consistent with the rest of AEIOU’s early intervention service, and children have opportunities to engage with children from across all classrooms during break times. Many children have siblings who attend both the ‘mainstream’ childcare centre, and there are many opportunities to support the development of play and social skills with peers.
Service Manager Kristy Thompson manages the operations of the centre, and joined AEIOU Foundation just over a year ago. “I love that we’re paving the way forward for future generations of Australian children with disabilities, and fostering inclusion and diversity.”
Program Manager, Niamh Hearne has been with AEIOU Foundation for almost four years and is responsible for the delivery of AEIOU’s autism-specific curriculum and therapy. “Seeing the smiles of the children when they achieve their goals, and being able to share good news with parents about a new skill their child has mastered is incredible. I also love being able to work in such an amazing transdisciplinary team.”
Contact Sippy Downs directly:
Off Sippy Downs Drive, (next to Innovation Centre), University of Sunshine Coast campus, Sippy Downs QLD 4556
P 07 5452 0300
If you'd like more information about our mainstream childcare and kindergarten program at Sippy Downs, visit our website.