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A proud past and an inspiring future

Growing Potential Ltd. has a solid foundation as a community based not-for-profit organisation. We’re proud of our long-established community ties across Western Sydney, and beyond. Here’s our story.

From little things, big things grow

From humble beginnings in 1948, when we were known as Blacktown Community Kindergarten, we have experienced considerable growth over the last 70 years – much like the people we support.

Since 2004, we’ve been known as Children First, but we have now branched out to offer even more services to the community. Widening our focus to include early intervention disability services, Indigenous services as well as reaching all age groups in the wider community too.

With this, we’ve experienced a massive growth spurt in the past 18 months and have rebranded to Growing Potential Ltd., which encompasses all that we’re about.

While our name has changed, our mission, vision and values have remained core to how we support the community. We’re still a leading provider of not-for-profit community services.

Growing Potential Otto Henfling

“We are continually looking for new ways to make a difference to families and children.

The recent growth of Growing Potential Ltd. as a larger and stronger organisation has allowed us to expand into exciting, new areas to support the wider community.

I’m excited to announce the new brands that we now have under Growing Potential, delivering expertise in multiple areas.”

— Otto Henfling, CEO, Growing Potential Ltd.

Thinking big with partners

We recognise the value in strong partnerships in creating positive change and growth in a person’s life, not to mention the power of partnerships to grow strong and thriving communities.

Our recent partnerships include:

  • University of New England (UNE) with a 4-year scholarship program for an Indigenous student to complete the Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development.
  • Galambila Aboriginal Health Service, where our Windaan service is providing community and health services to the Aboriginal community in the mid-north coast.



Growing Potential has a rich history in the local community. Learn more about how we can help your family.



Learn about all our not-for-profit services that benefit children, families and the community.



Supporting and growing the potential of children, families and the community.

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