In recent years, one undeniable truth hasn’t waned: mums and dads are doing it tough. From navigating families through the tumultuous waves of the pandemic to coping with rising interest rates and soaring grocery prices, it’s no wonder that these ongoing challenges are taking a toll on the mental health of parents everywhere. And affordable psychology services are in more demand than ever.
Pam Maclean, operator at Out and About Care and Education, has been keenly observant of this trend. She notes, “During the last few years, our three centre teams have noticed a marked increase in stress and anxiety levels in our families, and this is sometimes reflected in the children’s demeanour and behaviours.”
It’s a concerning reality that many families are grappling with, and it’s not just the parents who are affected. The ripple effect is felt by their children as well.
With over 40 years of experience in the early childhood space and a master’s degree in education, Pam recognised the pressing need to extend their support to these families and the broader community.
“This has caused us to become concerned for our families and the wider community to the point where we began to consider what we can do to show our support and encouragement for struggling parents,” Pam explains.
Affordable psychology services now available in Maroochydore
In response to this growing crisis, the early education service has taken a proactive step towards offering on-site psychology services at its Newspaper Place centre in Maroochydore.
“Times are tough for many people given the unsettled economic and employment landscape we now all inhabit, and we understand. So we wanted to think of a way to show our support and offer a positive, helpful additional service,” explains Pam.
The initiative isn’t just a result of their empathy; it’s also a response to the significant challenges people face when seeking professional affordable psychology help.
“We have heard about the very long wait lists for psychology services across the coast, so we decided that this is something we can assist with in a positive way.”
“At Out and About Care and Education, we genuinely care about our community, team, and families. This service is our way of giving back, ensuring that help is available when you need it most.”
With more than eight years of experience in medical practices and being a mum to a busy toddler, Alexandra Maclean, the new resident psychologist at Out & About, is the perfect fit.
Sessions are held in a private office in a discreet area of the Maroochydore childcare centre, away from the busy classrooms. The psychology service is for anyone aged 18+ and is available to families of Out and About centres and other community members. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Consultations run for 50 minutes and cost $180. Eligible clients can access rebates of 50% with a GP referral and current Mental Health Treatment Plan.
Out and About Care and Education has three centres on the Sunshine Coast, catering for children from six weeks of age to school age. The early learning program provides opportunities for children to develop creative thinking and explore multiple avenues of learning. They offer approved Kindergarten Programs operating five days per week, delivered by an educator team that supports children as they learn and grow through the programs.
A distinctive feature of all Out & About centres is the nature-based playgrounds. Timber, stone, and other natural elements offer children a holistic environment in which to play, encouraging creative thinking and simple enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors.
Out and About Care and Education Centre Locations
2 Newspaper Place | Maroochydore 4558
30 Dalton Drive | Maroochydore 4558
6 Mooloolah Rd | Mooloolah Valley 4553