The Check Ups Before School (CUBS) Program was developed as a pilot program in collaboration with NSW Health to increase the participation of developmental assessments (blue book checks) and support the early identification of developmental delays and disabilities in children 0-5 years before they start school.
The program utilizes a place-based, relational approach to overcome barriers for families in accessing child health services. A child and family health nurse are integrated into trusted local spaces such as preschools, playgroups, schools and community centres in order to leverage the trusted people in the community for families to feel comfortable and access developmental assessments for their child. This also provides the opportunity for holistic support with educators, community workers, the nurse and the family to be aware of the needs of the child and can work together to access supports.
The CUBS Program operates in Willmot, Lethbridge Park and Bidwill, and has expanded in 2021 to include an integrated team of a part time speech therapist and a Health Linker (social worker) who can assist families overcome barriers to accessing their referrals such as allied health appointments, the NDIS or other family complexities.
The CUBS program co also has access to brokerage funds to utilize for children’s needs following the developmental assessment. The program is also undergoing a formal evaluation by Western Sydney University.