Return of The Child Care Subsidy: Your Options

As restrictions roll back in New South Wales, so too does the temporary Child Care Relief Package. On July 13, the Child Care Subsidy system will be turned back on and fees will be charged once again. For many, we understand that your circumstances may ha...

Coronavirus | Big Fat Smile’s approach

Big Fat Smile is closely monitoring the advice provided by both state and federal authorities regarding the Novel Coronavirus. The health and safety of our children and staff is our top priority. Our 42 centres across New South Wales are taking a proac...

Discussing bushfires with children – a resource list

It is hard to escape information about the bushfires.  Children are exposed to footage and information on TV, Radio, print and social media.  Some children are also experiencing first-hand the trauma or overhearing adults talking about the impact on peo...

Big Fat Smile Gallery to go mobile!

Big Fat Smile’s The Gallery closed its doors with a final celebration event on Friday, 29 June. Although we farewell The Gallery in its current form, a refocus on supporting creativity and providing quality arts programs through our Artspace studio a...

Reg and the Kids

The Gallery @ Big Fat Smile is excited to be exhibiting a collection of works by the king of quirk, Reg Mombassa and the kids he inspired. “I was delighted to hear that Big Fat Smile is having a show inspired by my work. As a child and teenager I was...

“Cut a Silver Path”. One Poet. Five Photographers.

A new art exhibition in Wollongong promotes the idea that words can be just a powerful as pictures. ‘Cut A Silver Path’ is a new photography exhibition – on from May 5th until June 8th at The Gallery @ Big Fat Smile. Conceived by Big Fat Smile...

Listening, Learning and Positive Change

Following is a statement about learning from mistakes and improvement. Fun Club @ Bellambi Point had an incident two years ago where a child left the centre without being seen by staff. The incident demanded critical reflection and a comprehensive res...

Norman and the (not very) Giant Peach

Mum phoned last weekend to say it was time to sort through the childhood toy box – the wasteland of eclectic toys still taking up space. And so I journeyed back as a 26 year-old to the house I grew up in. Simple I thought, “I’ll throw away everyt...