Type 1 Family Centre’s Babysitter Education Course: Providing Confident Care for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 04 Apr 2023

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The Type 1 Family Centre has developed a Babysitter Education Course, allowing family and friends to confidently care for a child with type 1 diabetes at home, on playdates or out and about.

 

Their educators work with parents to develop a training manual, individually tailored to each child's needs. They then deliver type 1 support training, teaching family and friends by using practical examples and hands on activities.

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The Family Centre training sessions allow plenty of time to answer questions, and participants will walk away with a resource booklet that can be referred to later, specifically outlining the needs of each individual child.

 

With the right tools and supports grandparents, family members and close friends can encourage a child with type 1 to fully engage in the community. This informative, individualised training is designed to upskill your loved ones, so that they can confidently aid their child to experience the joys of childhood.

For more information about the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre by visiting type1familycentre.org.au or calling 9446 6446.

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The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre offers unique education programs, supportive connections, inspirational role models, friendly clinical care and action-packed camps and events to help families and children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes to live without limits.

Informational Talks & Workshops

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The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre connects, supports and inspires people of all ages with type 1 diabetes in WA and their families.

Explore their many programs, services and opportunities to connect with other people impacted by type 1 diabetes by contacting their Type 1 CONNECT crew on 9446 6446.

Babysitters' & Carers' Education

Babysitters' Education is a short workshop designed to train friends and family to confidently babysit a child with type 1 for a 3-4 hour period. We know that teaching others how to manage type 1 can be a difficult and emotionally draining experience for parents, and our Babysitters' Education can help upskill your network and take the pressure off parents.

Likewise, people in day-care centres, after-school centres, or other carers can lack confidence in managing what is a complex condition.

First, we work with the child's parents to ensure our training manual is specifically tailored to their child's needs, and then we educate the family's nominated babysitters. We deliver the key messages in a simple way, supported by a published resource that can be referred to later.

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Family & Teen Camp

The Family Centre offers two types of camps - Family Camp at Camp Quaranup in the January and Sept/Oct school holidays for families with kids aged 3-14, and Teen Camp at Fairbridge, Pinjarra also in the Sept/Oct school holidays.

These aren't "Diabetes Camps", they're opportunities to connect with other people who’ve walked a mile in your shoes.

Your child will meet other children going through the same thing or find other families living and managing with Type 1 Diabetes.

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Birthday Parties 

Why not celebrate your child's next birthday party at the Type 1 Family Centre?

It offers a cafe-style kitchen, kids play area and a new playground, modern function rooms, and relaxation zones for adults.

They have a variety of spaces available to hire including a large boardroom, function room, social gathering area, outdoor entertainment area and kitchens.

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About | Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre

Learn all about the Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre's mission and purpose

The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre was established by Founding Sponsors Telethon, Lotterywest and the Western Australian State Government in response to the mounting need for better support for children with type 1 diabetes and their families.

Since opening in 2015, it has built a large community by supporting people facing the challenges of Type 1 diabetes.

In 2018, The Family Centre's groundbreaking work won the Outstanding Charity Award at the 2018 Australian Charity Awards with its team also being recognised nationally and internationally. Amy Rush, the Centre's diabetes educator, received the 2018 Australian Credentialled Diabetes Educator of the Year Award.

The Centre serves all people with Type 1 Diabetes in Western Australia, offering support at every age and stage.

It's a hub providing holistic clinical care alongside warm and friendly social support with a calendar of community events, information and education services, and connection among WA's Type 1 tribe.

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Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre's Online Shop is the first place for products and services related to managing Type 1 Diabetes.

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HbA1c Testing

The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre offers convenient, onsite HbA1c testing.

Get your result with just a simple finger-prick test!

There's on-site parking and no waiting time.

HbA1c tests cost $20, takes approximately 15 mins, and includes a print copy of your results.  Book an appointment by clicking the button below.

Flexible Insulin Therapy (FlexIT) Workshop

Flexible Insulin Therapy, or FlexIT, is a group-based education workshop designed by one of the leading diabetes institutes in Australia, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute.

Presented by experienced diabetes educators, this course teaches the concepts of flexible and effective insulin adjustment.

Babysitters' & Carers' Education

Babysitters' & Carers' Education is a short workshop training family and friends to confidently babysit children with type 1 for a 3-4 hour period.

Teaching others how to manage type 1 can be emotionally draining and difficult for parents so the Babysitters' Education can help upskill your network and takes pressure off parents.

Likewise, people in day-care centres, after-school centres, or other carers lacking confidence in managing a complex condition will also benefit from this course.

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Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre's Online Shop is the first place for products and services related to managing Type 1 Diabetes.

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How to support

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The Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre receives no government funding and every dollar received as a donation or from fundraising goes straight towards making a real difference in the lives of people with diabetes.

Also, it creates awareness about type 1 diabetes!

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Purchase an Entertainment Book

The Entertainment Book is now digital!

By purchasing an Entertainment Book through the Family Centre, 20% of the membership sale goes towards supporting people living with type 1 diabetes in Western Australia.

Find out more below!

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