The Integrated Family Support Hub

The Integrated Family Support Hub

The Integrated Family Support HUB (IFS HUB) Program works to support outcomes of family and children’s wellbeing by providing information, enabling early identification of issues, providing holistic responses for families and enhancing referral pathways to services in the Mackay region.

Play, Care, Talk & Listen, Read & Count, Encourage

The Integrated Family Support HUB Program promotes the importance of positive care for children as well as supporting parents with information and helpful tips to support their child’s development in the early years.


Playgroups are supported with a variety of stimulating and educational activities while ensuring a welcoming environment for parents and their children to connect through conversation and play. Children will learn important skills needed for school.


  • Japanese Playgroup
    10.00am – 11.30am
    Cost $3.00
  • Tiny Tots at Seaforth State School


  • Suntots
    Cost $3.00 (this covers cost for tea, coffee and a light morning tea)


  • Tea and Tots
    Cost: $3.00 (This covers cost for tea, coffee and a light morning tea)


Rockin Kids – Music Therapy with Tania DeBrincat

Tuesday 9.00am -10.00am (Referral Only)

The Rockin Kids Program runs 1 day a week during the school term and is an early intervention program that provides children with the opportunity to participate in hands on activities that assists children with developing skills and sharing positive play experiences.

The Program assists parents to extend the range of ways they can relate to their children through interactive play and builds their capacity to use these positive play experiences in the home. Opportunities are given to build supportive networks around families and enhance the parents and children’s social connectedness while improving child development outcomes.


Healthy Kids are Happy Kids – Workshop with Naturopath Jody Walker

Jody Walker delivers fun interactive workshops during the school term for parents to learn about healthy eating for children

Nutrition, hygiene and parenting are promoted and modelled through Playgroups however; research shows that Children’s behaviour can be linked to diet.  Unfortunately for families, marketing and labelling of foods can be extremely confusing for families to understand what is healthy and what just appears to be healthy.

The workshop is delivered by a qualified naturopath and covers a number of different topics in the 1 day training such as:

  • Food and children’s behaviour
  • Healthy eating for families
  • Tips on buying seasonal produce
  • Dealing with picky eaters
  • Understanding and reading food labels
  • Simple and easy recipes in the home
  • Other information on child related health matters.

The following is a list of events and activities the IFS HUB Program organises, partners and participates in (but not limited to):

  • Easter with Mackay Playgroups
  • Mackay Regional Council’s Picnic in the Park (Book week)
  • Under 8’s Expo
  • Day for Daniel
  • Bravehearts White Balloon Day
  • Child Protection Week
  • NAIDOC Week
  • Christmas in July Movie Night
  • Day for Daniel
  • Adopt A Family
  • R U Ok? Day
  • Good Beginnings Family Fun Day
  • Mackay Super Playgroups
  • Safety Circus with Mackay Police and CQU

The IFS HUB Team continue to work collaboratively with external partners to assist in delivery of quality services and improved outcomes for families in the community.


The program works with the Mackay Child Friendly Community Action Group (MCFCAG) , a group of local community and government representatives dedicated to building a safer and friendlier environment in our community for children and their families.


“Child protection is Everyone’s business.  The responsibility lies with the adults in keeping children safe from harm.  All members of society need to play a part in ensuring children are nurtured and safe.  ” – Key Message from Child Protection Week



Shakespeare Child and Family Centre

43 Shakespeare Street, East Mackay QLD 4740

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