Karitane provides early intervention and parenting services to people with children aged between birth and 5 years of age. It provides support, knowledge and care to babies and their parents at what can be a very stressful time. I can honestly say that the first 12 months of my twins lives would have been much harder without their help.
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Karitane started, as what what then known as the Mothercraft Hospital, in New Zealand by Dr Truby King, it aimed to offer practical advice to mothers and training to registered nurses.
The Australian Mothercraft Society was created in May 1923 and the first Australian Mothercraft Home was opened in a cottage at Coogee in 1924. As the needs of the community grew, so did the number of services, including mobile services.
The service was later renamed 'Karitane' after the beach township, 45 kilometres north of Dunedin, where it had its early beginnings.
The Karitane centre was opened in Randwick in 1974, where a much needed Family Care Centre still operates today.
Due to the increasing needs of parents, Karitane opened its location at Carramar in 1994 to support parents living in South Western Sydney. This included the establishment of a specialised day service that supports women and their families experiencing perinatal mood and related disorders at Jade House, an additional Family Care Centre at Liverpool and a Volunteer Support Program.
The iKare Family Fun Day hopes to raise awareness and much needed funding to assist with the long-term growth and development of this very important service.
Located at the Karitane Centre at Carramar, the days highlights will include a car display from the 1939 CHEV Club, a jumping castle, laughter workshops, a massage class, Zumba, a men's shed activity area and a whole lot more entertainment for all members of the family.