Children and families

The City of Stirling strongly advocates for the physical and intellectual growth and wellbeing for children.

While focusing on children in the early years and above (0-9 years old), the City works collaboratively with external agencies and service providers to encourage and promote social and emotional development, language and connection to culture and community.

Child safe organisations and the National Principles

A child safe organisation is one that creates a culture, adopts strategies and takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people. There are 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations designed to provide a consistent approach to creating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing.

To find out more, please visit the Child Safe Organisations website.

Community child health nurses

There are many community child health nurses located within the City of Stirling, employed by WA Health, who are registered nurses with qualifications in child and family health.

Community Health provides a range of free services to support families to raise happy, healthy children including health and development checks, immunisation advice and support to families with young children.

To find your nearest community health nurse please visit the Community Health website. 

Children’s Playgroup

Playgroups are a great way for your child to interact with others in a fun and safe environment, while giving parents the opportunity to interact with each other.

There are many different types of playgroups that operate across the City of Stirling, offering a range of niche groups including culturally diverse, dad's groups and groups for children with disability.

Playgroup WA is the peak body in Western Australia for children’s playgroups. Alternatively, your child health nurse may be able to provide you with a list of local playgroups at your purple book appointments.

For more information, please contact Playgroup WA or the Western Australian Department of Health website.

Childcare and outside school hours care for children

If you are looking for Childcare or Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) options for your child/children, you can search for local services by service type, vacancies, service rating and so on.

All Childcare and OSHC services are governed by the Education and Care Regulatory Unit and service ratings can located when searching for each service.

To find a service near you, or for more information, please visit the StartingBlocks website.  

Activities for children in the City of Stirling

The City offers a range of activities and programs for children and their families. 

Libraries and hubs

The City of Stirling has four community hubs that offer a range of services, facilities and spaces for community activities. The hubs focus on meeting the needs of each hub’s local residents all in one convenient location. Each hub has a library and community centre with additional services available at each location.

The City of Stirling has six libraries and offer a range of activities for children and young people throughout the year including coding clubs, Lego clubs, Baby Rhymetime and Story Time.

Please visit the libraries and hubs page for more information.

Parks and Playgrounds

There are many parks and playgrounds located throughout the City of Stirling for children of all ages and abilities. Outdoor activities are a great way for you to spend time with your child. 

To find a park close to you visit the parks and playgrounds page.

Activities and leisure programs

The City runs and hosts a number of activities for children across a wide range of ages including junior sports, toddler gym and school holiday programs. 

To find out more please visit the activities and leisure page

Useful resources for families

The City of Stirling strives to strengthen families and communities through a range of family based initiatives that enhance health and well-being, build positive relationships, connect families to their communities and enhance access to responsive family support services.

There are many helpful resources and services available for families, children and young people within the City of Stirling.

For more information, please visit the useful resources page

For more information, please phone our children and youth development team on (08) 9205 8555.