Children's Respite Service
In June 2007, Burnett Respite
Services Inc opened a Children's Respite House adjacent to the General Respite House, in North Bundaberg. This facility accommodates children aged from
birth through to approximately 17 years of age, however the reality is that nearly all of those accessing this facility are under 15 years of age.
(Please see the Carinbundi page on this website for information on services for those aged 18 years and over).
The children's facility has
three bedrooms, two of which holds two beds. We also have a foldout bed in the loung for emergencies. This allows for co-locating siblings in the
same room, where this is appropriate, and providing it is a continuation of their normal home situation. A general limit of four children per respite
booking is maintained within the Children's Respite House, with all bookings taking into account the age of the children being cared for and their level of
disability. This has been put in place due to the high levels of support both medically and behaviourally required in the house.
respite, children have access to a range of activities including outdoor sports and games, arts and crafts, swimming (in the heated pool located at the
adjacent Adult Respite Facility), computer games, playstation and television / dvds. All attempts are made to ensure the house replicates the general
home situation. This includes the provision of home-cooked meals, regular bedtimes, maintenance of routines (including schooling, daycare, and homework),
and support of any behaviour plans in place at home.
All staff working in the Children's Respite House are chosen for that environment based on
their level of experience working with children; their ability to work well with that age group (including their ability to manage challenging behaviours); and
their ability to be creative and flexible in their approach to work, so as to ensure that the respite experience is a positive one for both the child and the
Should you be interested in accessing the Children's Respite House, or just wish a little more information, please use the Contact link to the left of the page and our service manager will respond to your enquiry . Otherwise, feel free
to contact us to find out more about this service, or to arrange a visit.