The heart of community care in Melbourne since 1896

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Our Story

Our Story

Kids First is a proudly independent child and family services provider and early education specialist. A purpose driven organisation, our vision is for all children and young people to thrive in resilient, strong and safe families and communities.

We pride ourselves on pioneering and delivering ground-breaking, evidence-informed programs to children, young people and families. Everything we do is underpinned by our guiding principle of ‘HEART’ – Hope, Empowerment, Accountability, Respect and Trust - the values which bind our culture, purpose and vision.

Over the years, Kids First has partnered with thousands of families to bring about change and healing, strengthen family relationships and set children up for the brighter futures they deserve.

Our Vision

All children and young people thrive in resilient, strong and safe families and communities.

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What we do

What we do

In the universal setting of kindergartens, we pair early childhood development knowledge with our understanding of family dynamics to create the right conditions for thriving young learners. In settings like schools, we work directly with students to promote behaviours that exist in healthy relationships.

We reach out in our local community, engaging with families experiencing little bumps, and big ones, that impact their confidence as parents and their child's wellbeing. And we are there to work with children, young people and adults to assist their recovery from trauma.

Our Purpose

All kids deserve a bright future.

Our research studies

A Journey of Hope and Resilience

Safeguarding children for 120 years
written by Lucey Bracey and Fiona Poulton

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A Friend of the Friendless: 1896 – 1924
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Times of Change: 1960 – 1973
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Challenges Ahead: 1974 – 1984
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A New Era: 1985 – 1999
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A New Era: 1985 – 1999
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Continuing Commitment: 2000 – 2016
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Kids First Australia, trading name of Children’s Protection Society Inc is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office 2018 Children’s Protection Society Inc. All rights reserved. – ABN 52 303 567 862