‘My Place’ Family Day Care: ‘Find Child Care’ & ‘Educator Portal’


‘My Place’ Family Day Care (http://myplacefdc.org.au/) is one of the leading child care providers in Queensland. Our mission is to provide high quality and affordable child care for all ages in the caring homes of our registered qualified Educators.

What sets us apart from other child care providers is that we are a not-for-profit community-based organisation that genuinely cares for sustainable growth for our children, families and community as a whole. Our service continues to grow across Brisbane, Ipswich, Laidley and more to suit your child care needs.



We have recently launched our newest and biggest website feature – ‘Find Child Care’. This makes it easier and quicker for parents to find the best care that you and your family need.

  • Step 1: Go to ‘My Place’ Family Day Care website’s ‘Find Care’ tab (http://myplacefdc.org.au/find-child-care)
  • Step 2: Enter the ‘Suburb/Postcode’, ‘Available Days’ and ‘Care Type’ to find your ideal Educator.
  • Step 3: View Educator’s profile to learn more about every Educator’s unique introduction, cost per hour, features, contact details etc.
  • Step 4: Click ‘Enquire Now’ and submit your interest! Alternatively, you can call the Educator straightaway or call our service (07) 3372 1711
  • Step 5: Once you are ready, enrol with us! http://myplacefdc.org.au/enrol-your-child/

We have over one hundred of registered professional Educators from various backgrounds to accommodate your every child care need. Come enrol with us today!



As seen from the powerful new ‘Find Care’ feature highlighted above, ‘My Place’ Family Day Care offers both existing and new Educators a whole new world of opportunities – to advertise your vacancies and grow your business with us!

We will take care of your account with us (via ‘Educator Login’) and help you to reach more families in Queensland than ever before. Our website is steadily gaining more traffic as we help you to attract, inform and establish contact with prospective parents.

Find out how to become an Educator (http://myplacefdc.org.au/become-an-educator), or contact us FDCadmin@ich.org.au (07) 3372 1711 today!

2016 ICH AGM & Dinner

On Monday 10th October 2016, Inala Community House (ICH) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and dinner at Blue Fin Fishing Club.

For the event, ICH formally invited all its members, life members, associates, managers and a special VIP guest Charles Strunk (Councillor for Forest Lake Ward). All members of the public were also welcome to present their views and actively participate in the AGM.


In the ICH President’s Address speech, Janet Cullen said:

The year 2015-16 has been one of continuing the reforms started during the previous year.  Change always brings challenges, but also brings opportunities.  One of the most notable changes was the renovation of the hall and offices at 38 Sittella Street, Inala, which was opened on the same day as our AGM in 2015.

Despite all the changes and challenges of 2015-16, ICH was able to make a very small surplus, as reported in the annual accounts.  This is a testimony to the hard work and diligence of the management team and the staff led by Managing Director, Ross Paul, ensuring that cost savings have been made and that expenditure has been effectively controlled whilst meeting client needs and meeting or exceeding performance targets set by Government funders.

2016 is the 50th year of ICH and we will celebrate service to the community over this period on a number of occasions.  We will celebrate at the AGM and various others events will be held to engage with the community and recognise what has been achieved and what can be achieved in the next 50 years. We are looking to engage a new generation of community volunteers and supporters to consolidate our future, while building on the past. We look forward to your active participation in our celebrations and in what we plan to achieve going forward.

On behalf of the Board I thank our supporters, clients and staff for all that you do in supporting and strengthening our community. You have made such a difference in this community and we honour that contribution and respect all that you do.  Our community would be so much poorer without your support and participation.


ICH Managing Director Ross Paul presented an Operational Report for 2015-2016 year. He said:

I would like to recognise the efforts of the Board, managers and staff in improving and extending the range of services and programs operated by ICH. Despite all the changes during 2014-15 and 2015-16, ICH was able to record a small surplus for the year.

I look forward to the continuing growth of ICH as we look to build on the last 50 years to reach and support whole new generations in the communities which we serve.

Mr. Paul also presented a few key achievements of ICH during the past year:

  • Had an average of 105 ‘My Place’ Family Day Care educators supporting 599 children from 451 families, providing an average of 13,316 hours of care per week
  • Approved 64 applications for children with special needs to access 3,345 hours of care
  • Supported 56 families with intensive support through the Family Intervention Service
  • Provided 167 children with a foster care placement amongst our 48 carer families
  • Provided case management and support to 225 clients through the Acacia and Skylarkers 50 and Better Programs
  • Provided 200 food and/or hygiene parcels to the most vulnerable and baby support packages to 65 at risk mothers
  • Supported 252 eligible migrants to access the settlement services they needed – a number of which have become self-sufficient and not on welfare

Mr. Charles Strunk was invited to conduct the “Elections of Officers” for 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

Inala Community House is celebrating its 50th milestone anniversary this year. Our community has great respect for ICH as a non-profit community-focused organisation. It is my honour to be here tonight,” said Mr. Strunk.


Mr. Strunk also presented a gift of appreciation for president Janet Cullen for her 20 years of leadership at ICH.


Congratulations to 2016-2017 ICH Board of Directors who were successfully elected:

President – Janet Cullen

Vice President – Jerome Nyandwi

Secretary – Irene Clarke

Treasurer – Ann Bailey

Committee Member – Carmel McIntosh

Managing Director – Ross Paul

Full Annual Reports are available for public via our ICH website: http://www.ich.org.au/learn-about-us-inala-community-house/annual-report

More photos of the AGM & Dinner are on our ICH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICHAustralia/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1054887927962939

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.

Review for Queensland’s Blue Card System and Foster Care Services (News)


At Inala Community House, our Western Districts Out of Home Care team (http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/family-services/out-of-home-care) offers foster and kinship service under Queensland’s Child Protection system. The team provides out-of-home care placements for children and young people aged 0-17 with moderate-to-high support needs.

On Sunday 25th September 2016, the Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a comprehensive review of the Blue Card system and Foster Care services. An expert panel was appointed to conduct the review with the independent Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) (www.qfcc.qld.gov.au) to keep Queensland children safe.

“In relation to foster care services we will look at the processes for assessing and approving foster carers. This current examination of Blue Card and Foster Care services is about making sure that two large parts of the child protection system, which are absolutely critical to the foundation of children’s safety are the best they humanly can be. It is part of a continuous improvement process because we need to make sure Queensland children are more than safe and this process aims to do just that,” said Principal Commissioner of QFCC, Cheryl Vardon.

The review comes in response to the tragic circumstances involving 12-year-old Tialeigh Palmer and the arrests made in relation to her death. (Read more about the news: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/tiahleigh-palmer-case-foster-father-charged-with-murder-brother-charged-with-incest-20160921-grlja1.html)

While it is uncertain at this that what the changes will be or how they may impact on the Child Protection system, be assured that there will be comprehensive consultation with both Foster Carers and Foster Care Agencies. We have no doubt that any changes will be in the best interest of the children and young people we all share a strong commitment to protecting and caring for on a daily basis.

“I know the vast majority of foster and kinship carers are caring committed people, who open their homes and hearts to our most vulnerable children when they cannot live at home. I regularly meet with foster carers and young people and I am constantly reassured by the stories I hear of great people doing a great job,” said Principal Commissioner of QFCC, Cheryl Vardon.

Inala Community House looks forward to working closely together with all our service staff and community involved during this time of change to make this a stronger Foster Carer system for all involved.

Should you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact us info@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.

2016 Vietnamese Moon Festival


Inala Community House is honoured to be invited as part of the 2016 Vietnamese Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu) organised by Vietnamese Community in Australia, Queensland Chapter (VCA-QLD) (www.vcaqld.org.au).

2016 Vietnamese Moon Festival

DATE: Saturday 24th September 2016

TIME: 4pm-9pm

VENUE: CJ Greenfield Sports Complex – Freeman Road, Richlands


Vietnamese Moon Festival (Tet Trung Thu) is a significant traditional family-friendly festival commonly held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, when the moon is at its fullest. The Festival aims to promote Vietnamese culture, education, innovative ideas, music, sports, arts and crafts and poetry to all members of the public.

Thank you to our Inala Community House Community (ICH) Engagement Services team – Haley Kiata and Leah Nguyen – for organising a stall to promote our various ICH services at this largely popular public event. Besides providing essential information about our services, ICH also offered free face-painting that was well-received by the public.

Children were also encouraged to join our ICH stall’s colouring contest while our staff had the opportunity to communicate with parents and families. Attractive prizes were also given out to little winners of our colouring contest.


ICH Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata (most left) giving out prize to one of our winners.

Besides our ICH stall, there were various other interesting stalls at the Vietnamese Moon Festival. Other highlights included lion dance, traditional costumes parade, martial arts performance, fireworks and distribution of free gift bags and lanterns.

Thank you again to everyone who came to support ICH during the event. We look forward to next year’s Vietnamese Moon Festival!

JOIN Inala Community House offering various free and fun programs to serve all members of our local community.  For more information, contact us: info@ich.org.au | (07) 3372 1711.

2016 Child Protection Family Fun Day



Inala Community House Family Intervention Service (FIS) and Western Districts Out of Home Care services successfully co-organised this year’s Family Fun Day on Wednesday 21st September, in celebration of Queensland Child Protection Week.

From 4-10 September 2016, Queensland Child Protection Week (www:childprotectionweek.org.au) was coordinated by the Child Protection Week Committee under the auspicing body of ACT for Kids.

 “Child Protection Week is an important opportunity for our communities to promote the value of children and young people by focusing attention on the prevention of child abuse and neglect,” said Lorraine Dupree, Queensland Child Protection Week Chair. (source)

This year’s Family Fun Day was a free public event with various stallholders providing child-friendly interactive activities, also useful information to support children’s safety and health development.

Moreover, Family Fun Day provided a valuable opportunity for families to communicate with government agencies, as well as local non-profit community groups within the Inala and Forest Lake regions:

  • Inala Community House – Family Steps
  • Inala Community House – Western Districts Out of Home Care
  • Inala Child Safety Service Centre
  • Forest Lake Child Safety Service Centre
  • Kummara Association
  • Foster Care Queensland
  • Mercy
  • Mission Australia
  • Probation & Parole
  • Youth Housing and Reintegration Services (YHARS)
  • Indigenous Family and Child Support Service (IFACSS)
  • Anglicare
  • Kurbingui Youth Development Association
  • Churches of Christ
  • Queensland Rail
  • Good Start Early Learning Centre
  • Life Without Barriers
  • Lions Inala
  • Family Inclusion Network


During this year’s Family Fun Day, live performances were held included highland dancing, hip hop dancing, Polynesian cultural dancing, free-style rap sessions and R&B singers.


A live magic performance to entertain the children and their families.

There were a great variety of exciting activities and informative stalls including arts and crafts, balloon making, petting zoo, pony rides and more.


Thank you to our wonderful Inala Community House staff members who contributed to the success of this year’s Family Fun Day!

Overall, Family Fun Day successfully achieved its goal to promote awareness about child safety and well-being within the community. It also helped to educate people to avoid stereotypes within the community.

Family Fun Day also provided a fun and happy experience for everyone involved, especially children who had experienced trauma in life. The event also aimed to improve family’s relationships, especially for families who were under the everyday stress of living in poverty.

For more information about Queensland Child Protection Week, visit www.childprotectionweek.org.au.

You can also make a difference by becoming a foster carer to support children in their time of need. Find out how by contacting Inala Community House (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail info@ich.org.au.

38th Musical Morning Tea Anniversary Celebration



Happy 38th Musical Morning Tea Anniversary Celebration!

On Monday 12th September 2016, the Inala Community House Musical Morning Tea was excited to celebrate its 38th anniversary.

Musical Morning Tea is a free, volunteer-based, community event that welcomes everyone of all ages and backgrounds to attend, notably seniors and people with special needs. For 38 years and counting, our Musical Morning Tea has benefitted over hundreds of public members by bringing great entertainment, food and fun.

More importantly, Musical Morning Tea provides a unique opportunity for social minorities like senior members and people with special needs to better connect with fellow community members. Both new and old friendships have been forged across many years. Overall, Musical Morning Tea is highly beneficial to promote the health and well-being of the individuals and the wider community.


A big hello to Ray Thompson and Barry Buchanan who have performed at Musical Morning Tea for many years. We thank them for their support and contribution to our community.


As per tradition, a delicious morning tea was generously provided to all. A big thank you to Terry Scott too for entertaining us with his beautiful singing.


In his speech, Inala Community House Managing Director Ross Paul officially congratulated Musical Morning Tea for its 38 years of achievements within the community.


“On behalf of the Council, we would like to congratulate and thank Inala Community House for its long-standing commitment to serve the community via Musical Morning Tea. There aren’t many community programs that can achieve such long-term sustainability. Musical Morning Tea provides a wonderful venue for the community to enjoy music and friendly company,” said the Councillor for Forest Lake Ward Charles Strunk.


Musical Morning Tea Coordinator Shirley Schneider shared the program history:

“Jule Wilkie first started Musical Morning Tea in 1978 in Inala for seniors to come together instead of having nothing to do at home. Jule was the Coordinator for 15 years while I was just a regular member with my granddad. Jule eventually persuaded me to replace her position, so I’ve been the next person-in-charge for 23 years and counting. Thank you again to all the volunteers, Inala Community House staff and everyone else who help run Musical Morning Tea across the years. Also thank you to everyone who attends our program.”


Thank you to Lachlan Nuttall, a media representative from Milton Dick’s office who brought in various desserts as token of appreciation.


Hello to 11-month-old Holly, our youngest Musical Morning Tea member. She regularly attends Musical Morning Tea with her grandma.


Thu Nguyen (member), Shirley Schneider (Coordinator) and Dawny Nguyen (member)

“I enjoy Musical Morning Tea and have made many precious good friends including Shirley the organiser,” said the 80-year-old Vietnamese Thu Nguyen who is a long-time member of Musical Morning Tea.

“We often enjoy singing, dancing and performing for the crowd,” said the 64-year-old member Dawny Nguyen.


The biggest thank you to our team of wonderful volunteers: Aileen, Terry, Shirley, Bert, Desmond and Josina.

 “I hope everyone had enjoyed themselves. Musical Morning Tea will be even bigger and better next year!” said Inala Community House staff Leah Nguyen.

For more information regarding Musical Morning Tea and Inala Community House, please visit http://www.ich.org.au, e-mail Haley.Kiata@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.

‘My Place’ Family Day Care: Book Week Playgroup


On Wednesday 7th September, ‘My Place’ Family Day Care organised a special playgroup session celebrating Children’s Book Week. We also encouraged our Coordinators, Educators and children to dress up as their favourite Australian book characters!

Established in 1945, The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) (www.cbca.org.au) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation aiming to nurture a literate, educated and creative Australian society.

Every year, CBCA aims to connect children and books by celebrating Children’s Book Week across Australia. During this time, schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children’s literature.


This year’s Book Week theme is Australia: Story Country. The theme has the potential to involve cross-curriculum priorities, particularly regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture, Asian and other cultures from around the world.


Our playgroup started with a lively storytelling session by a special guest – Colleen McCarthy from the local Inala library. To warm up, Colleen first introduced herself and started singing a few children’s songs with some clapping and dancing too.

Colleen proceeded to tell two award-winning children’s stories:


Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas by Aaron Blabey

(The Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2016 Notable by CBCA)


Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

(The Book of the Year: Early Childhood 2016 Notable by CBCA)


“I previously worked as a teacher for 25 years. I only recently started to work at Inala and West End libraries. I also visit Mission Australia and various schools to organise storytelling sessions. The best part about storytelling is you can create imaginary worlds through interesting stories and songs while engaging with the children in stimulating ways,” shared Colleen.

Colleen later distributed the Brisbane City Library brochures and encouraged our Educators to bring the children to local libraries especially during school holidays. You can find out the latest events here: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/libraries/opening-hours-locations/inala-library.


The children had a free Play Session afterwards.


Educator Kerri Roughley with one of the three children in care.

Find out more ideas on how you can celebrate Book Week: https://cbca.org.au/book-week-activities

Reading and storytelling are great ways to spend time and bond with your child. They also help promoting language, literacy and brain development. To contact ‘My Place’ Family Day Care, please visit http://myplacefdc.org.au, e-mail FDCadmin@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.

NOW LAUNCHING: Harmony Web for Educators

‘My Place’ Family Day Care is excited to introduce the new Harmony Web (www.harmonykids.com.au) to our Educators!

Harmony Web software is widely used by thousands of Australian education and care services and Educators. It aims to simplify the management of services and the administration of payments and subsidies, especially for our Educators who run your own home-based businesses.

We are incredibly honoured to be chosen as one of the pioneering child care services to offer this new smart innovative feature to our Educators.

You will soon discover that Harmony Web is highly practical, user-friendly and time-saving – to help you in managing all administrative day-to-day operations as an Educator.

Starting 1st September 2016, we will start training and moving ‘My Place’ Educators online to the Educator’s version of Harmony!harmony

Some of the many great Harmony Web software benefits include:

  • Electronically submit timesheets
  • See current CCB% and changes
  • View current parent and child details
  • Complete booking / contract timesheets
  • Use a fee estimator that can factor in a great range of subsidy scenarios, including CCB, CCR and JFA
  • See fee schedules and bookings integrated with your Service– no need to import
  • Take advantage of planning tools including the ability to look at your bookings into the future

For more information, you can visit http://harmonykids.com.au/wp-content/uploads/207572-RBS-Educator-A4.pdf. FAQs for Educators: http://harmonykids.com.au/support/faqs-for-educators/.

‘My Place’ will work closely with Harmony to provide ongoing training and support to our Educators regarding the software.

We will shortly commence training in small groups (details to be confirmed) for you to become more confident and empowered in using Harmony. For existing Harmony users, we will also be in contact to show how you can transition to the new software.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact our Finance and Administration team via phone (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail FDCadmin@ich.org.au today!

ICH & Brisbane Southwest Support: Sexual Violence Prevention in Inala

Sexual violence takes many forms including sexual harassment, verbal abuse, leering, threats, exposure, touching, incest, rape, mutilation and ritual abuse. Any sort of unwanted sexual behaviour that is imposed on someone is a form of sexual violence. Sexual violence is about the use of power or force to intimidate or control others.

Funded by the Department of Communities, Brisbane Southwest Support is a strategic partnership of specialist sexual assault services to provide innovative outreach support and sexual violence prevention to meet the needs of diverse communities. The services include:

  • Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC) – 07 3391 0004 (For Women)
  • Zig Zag – 07 3843 1823 (For Young Women 12-25 Years)
  • Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS) – 07 3846 3490 (For Women from Migrant or Refugee Backgrounds)
  • Murrigunyah – 07 3290 4254 (For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Families)

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Today, Inala Community House is excited to announce that our Community Support Program will be joining forces with Brisbane Southwest Support for greater sexual violence prevention in Inala.

Our aim is to offer confidential support and counselling for women who have experienced any form of sexual abuse or violence. We also work with advocacy, information and referrals.


If you or know someone who needs help, please come to our Sexual Violence Prevention Program at Inala Community House. You can contact Haley via phone (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail Haley.Kiata@ich.org.au.

For emergency, you can contact Sexual Assault Helpline (1800 010 12).

ICH Seniors Week Celebration

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Happy Seniors Week!

Seniors Week is a key opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to gather and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. In 2016, Seniors Week will be celebrated from 13-21 August, with this year’s theme as ‘it’s on for young and old’.

Seniors Week aims to:

  • improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing
  • facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships

At Inala Community House, we held our own Seniors Week celebration on 17th August (Wednesday) at ‘Our Place’ Hall (Cnr. Japonica & Robinia Streets, Inala). The celebration went from 11am-2pm and was well-attended by various members of our community, mainly our current members of Healthy Ageing Programs: Skylarkers and Acacia Ridge.

The biggest thank you to Council on the Ageing (COTA) as our main event contributor. COTA is the peak national organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Australians.

Also a special thank you to PCYC Inala for providing a bus to transport our senior guests for this event. We would also like to acknowledge our wonderful senior volunteer Bert Van Wyk as the bus driver. Bert is a successful example of staying active and contributing to our community even after retirement.


Our 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge participants enjoying themselves at the photobooth.


Say Hello to our ‘Thursday Crafters’!

If you would like to get creative, make crafts and good friends, come join our Craft Group every Thursday 9am-12pm at 20 Skylark Street, Inala.


More of our Healthy Ageing Program members buying raffle tickets in hope to win fantastic prizes.


Uncle Albert is a local Elder who launched the event with a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony.


Councillor for Forest Lake Ward – Charles Strunk who gave a welcome speech highlighting our Queensland Government’s appreciation for the senior members in the society:

Thank you to all our senior members for the valuable knowledge and contributions towards our society over the years. We need your help to share your life experiences and wisdom that shape our histories to be passed across the generations. Also congratulations to Inala Community House for the recent renovation of your building, and for all the hard work that your organisation does in this area.


Next, we invited Managing Director of Inala Community House – Ross Paul for an official speech:

This year, Inala Community House is celebrating our 50th anniversary and the 38th anniversary of our Musical Morning Tea event. We would like to thank each of our senior members, especially those who have grown with Inala Community House over the years. Today is your day and enjoy yourselves.


The joyful crowd at the event.


I feel privileged to be able to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful seniors within the community. I would like to acknowledge your wisdom and contributions that you have made in the past and continue to make on a daily basis.

-our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata in her speech.


Thank you to Ana Roberts – a representative from Australian Hearing (https://www.hearing.com.au/) which is the nation’s leading hearing specialist and largest provider of Government funded hearing services.


Also thank you to the representatives of Amcal Chemist Inala for their information stall.


The main event highlight was a dazzling and lively performance by an Elvis impersonator – Pete Memphis.


Thank you to our wonderful participants (Michelle the carer from Inala Elders, and Aunty Bathalia) who spontaneously performed onstage with Pete Memphis.senior2

A free and delicious roast lunch was prepared for all guests.


Congratulations to Elaine who won the biggest raffle prize – an autographed album specially presented by Pete Memphis. Elaine is also one of our most active senior members and used to teach computer lessons as a volunteer with us.

Overall, our one-day Seniors Week celebration was a great success thoroughly enjoyed by many. Thank you again to our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata and team for hosting the celebration!

Join our 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Programs with a great variety of low-cost activities for residents over 50! Call (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail haley.kiata@ich.org.au today!