Free child, family expo to offer support, resources

RAISING a child is a time of happiness and fulfilment, but it can also be a time of endless questions – and not just from a relentless toddler.

You might be wondering how to choose an early learning centre that suits your child’s needs, how to prepare your child for school, or where you can seek financial support.
All of these questions (and more) will be answered by government agencies, educators and health experts at the City of Canterbury Bankstown’s inaugural Child and Family Expo on Tuesday, April 30.
This free event for parents, grandparents and carers of children aged five and under, aims to provide the latest information on child development, family support and well-being.
Mayor Bilal El-Hayek encouraged expectant mothers and fathers, new parents and carers to come along and find out what resources were available to them.
“Raising a young family is an amazing time of joy, but at the same time it can be tough and full of unanswered questions,” the Mayor said.
“As a father of four myself, I know how important it is to be armed with information to make the best choices for your children and family.
“This expo is a fantastic opportunity to speak to Government and industry experts and get the latest advice for you and your family.”
The expo will be held at the Bryan Brown Theatre at Bankstown on Tuesday, April 30, 9am-12.30pm, and will kick off with a talk from NSW Health on free family and health services in Canterbury Bankstown, followed by Creating Links on caring for yourself while caring for your family.
Canterbury Bankstown libraries will cover the importance of reading to your child, while Koorana Child and Family Services will provide information about playgroups in the area.
The NSW Department of Education will also be offering up advice on preparing your child for school and Services Australia will speak on financial support when having children.
There will also be free face painting and a magic show for children.
Registrations are essential and the first 200 people who arrive on the day, will receive a $5 coffee voucher.
To see the full program and to register, visit