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South Australia
This page has information about a range of child, family and parent services and support organisations in South Australia.

Have you just had a new baby?

Child health checks
Child and Family Health services provide free health checks for children at key developmental ages between birth and six years. Children can also be seen at any age when parents have concerns, questions or issues. To make an appointment:

  • Phone: 1300 733 606 (cost of a local call)
  • Hours: 9 am-4.30 pm, Monday-Friday

Healthdirect Australia
This is a free telephone health information and advice service for people in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.

  • Phone: 1800 022 222
  • Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Parenting SA
Parenting SA provides over 60 Parent Easy Guides on a wide range of parenting topics from birth to 18 years. There are 14 Guides specially developed for Aboriginal families and 5 in 6 languages for new migrant families. Parenting SA also provides free parenting seminars and first reading books for babies.

  • Phone: (08) 8303 1660
  • Hours: 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

Are you finding parenting harder than you thought?

Parent Helpline
This is a telephone information service for parents and carers with children aged 0-12 years. All calls are confidential, and the qualified staff can provide information about things like health, behaviour and relationships.

  • Phone: 1300 364 100 (cost of a local call)
  • Hours: 24 hours, 7 days

Child and Youth Health – Day Service
Child and Youth Health can provide an intensive service where a nurse will spend some time, even a whole day, with you at one of their centres. This service might include breastfeeding support, health information and tips on settling.

  • Phone: 1300 733 606 (cost of a local call)
  • Hours: 9 am-4.30 pm, Monday-Friday

Child and Youth Health – Torrens House
This is a community residential unit for families with babies aged up to 12 months who need extra support for unresolved feeding, settling and sleeping issues. The first step is to talk about your situation with a Child and Youth Health nurse at your local centre.

  • Phone: 1300 733 606 (cost of a local call)

Do you need to find care for your child?

There are four options for child care in Australia:

  • home-based care, which is having your child cared for by a friend, relative or nanny in your home
  • family day care with a small group of children in an approved carer’s home
  • centre-based care, in a child care centre with trained staff and a structured program
  • occasional care, which is short-term, centre-based care.

Child care is mainly designed for children aged up to five years, but can also include before-school, after-school and holiday care for primary school-age children.

This Australian Government website has information about the different types of child care and about government assistance to help with fees. You can search for a child care service near you.

You can also get information from the Child Care Access Hotline:

  • Phone: 1800 670 305 (free call)
  • TTY service: 1800 639 327 (for hearing-impaired or speech-impaired callers)
  • Hours: 9 am-8 pm, Monday-Friday

Do you want help finding playgroups?

Playgroups are a great way for small children to practise the fine art of getting along with others and to try new ways to play. They’re good for parents too, with lots of support and social contact in a relaxed, welcoming environment. For more information contact Playgroup South Australia:

  • Phone: 1800 171 882
  • Hours: 9 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday

Is your child ready for preschool?

South Australian Government – Preschool and kindergarten
The South Australian Government provides preschool education for children in the year before they go to school. Preschool programs focus on learning and socialising skills to help get your child ready for school. This webpage has information on preschool and kindergarten options in South Australia.

Playcentres might be available in small rural communities that don’t have a preschool. Playcentres promote children’s early learning and development, offering activities facilitated by an early childhood worker for children under school age and their families.

Are things worrying you at home and you want someone to talk to?

Relationships Australia – South Australia
Relationships Australia offers counselling, education programs, mediation services and other help for families and couples.

  • Phone: 1300 364 277 (cost of a local call)
  • Hours: 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

Women’s Information Service
This is a free and confidential information and referral service for women. It has information about community and government agencies supporting women throughout South Australia, and can put you in touch with services in your area.

  • Phone: 1800 188 158 (free call)
  • Hours: 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday

You can also drop in to the office:

  • Address:  91-97 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
  • Hours: 10 am-4 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Does someone in your family have special needs?

South Australian Government – Disability
This webpage has information about support for children with disability in South Australia.

  • Phone: 1300 786 117

Find more links to child and parent disability services.

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  • Last updated or reviewed 01-05-2012