Resources for Parents and Carers
Please find below a range of programs for parents and children as well as course information and target ages.
The programs are categorised as follows:
|Programs for Parents|
|Programs for Children and Parents|
|Programs with a Special Focus|
Bringing Baby Home
0-12 monthsFour to six sessions in a parents group.
Course FocusBuilding the relationship between parents and their new baby.
DescriptionThe program teaches couples how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy and regulate conflict as well as how to parent sensitively and responsively.
Who is it for?Expectant couples and parents of children up to one year old.
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Circle of Security
0-5 yearsGroups vary in the number of sessions from four up to ten.
Course FocusBuilding a secure relationship between parents and children.
DescriptionThe idea of the circle of security helps parents to understand their child's need for security as well as their child's need to explore.
When parents tune into their child's emotional needs, their child's behaviour improves. Children will feel secure; have good self esteem, good relationships and do well when starting school.
Who is it for?All Parents and Carers including those experiencing additional stress from divorce, conflict, mental health issues, disabilities.
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Course FocusChildren who are above their healthy weight.
DescriptionChildren and parents attend nutrition and education sessions together. Children get fit playing games, trying new foods and setting goals to maintain a healthy weight. This is a free program funded by the NSW Department of Health.
Who is it for?Children above their healthy weight and at least one parent/carer.
View Go4Fun programs
Bringing up Great Kids
2-10 yearsFour to six sessions in a parents group.
DescriptionThe program supports parents to enhance their communication with their children, promote respectful interactions and encourage the development of children's positive self-identity. Parents can reflect on the messages they received growing up and how that might impact on their parenting. They develop strategies to manage their parenting,take care of themselves and support their child.
Who is it for?Parents/carers
This was developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation for a rangeof parents, including those who might be considered vulnerable or at risk.
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Triple P Group
2-12 yearsGroup Triple P - Up to Eight sessions - Five 2 hour groups with up to 12 parents and three 20 min individual telephone support calls.
Seminars - Three talks of one and a half hours can be used as standalone sessions or as a series.
Course FocusBuilding positive relationships between parents and children.
DescriptionThis is a system of easy to use, proven parenting strategies for parents to develop a positive and caring relationship with their child. It provides principles and techniques that can be used for different problems, such as tantrums, sleeping, bullying, and withdrawal. It has been running for 30 years and works well.
Who is it for?All parents/carers have found it effective. Additional sessions are available for parents who might be considered vulnerable or at risk.
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Course FocusChildren who have anxiety.
DescriptionIt provides strategies for children and parents to understand children's anxiety. It uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to provide children with skills to help them manage anxiety. The course was developed by Macquarie University's Emotional Health Clinic.
Who is it for?Children with anxiety and their parents/carers.
View Cool Kids programs
2-12 yearsThree to four sessions in a parents group.
Course FocusParenting, behaviour issues, emotional management.
DescriptionIt offers effective parenting solutions without arguing, fighting or smacking. Parents are given three strategies to choose from if a child misbehaves. Parents learn how their own behaviour can influence their child and how to encourage cooperation around the home.
Who is it for?Parents/carers.
View 123 Magic programs
Tuning into Kids
3-12 yearsSix sessions in a parents group.
Course FocusEmotion coaching, Building relationships with children.
DescriptionIt coaches parents to help their child to understand and manage their feelings. It helps parents to understand their child's emotions, manage their own emotions and guide their child's behavior with appropriate limits. When parents learn these parenting skills, their child?s behaviour, emotional management and social skills improved.
Who is it for?Parents/carers of preschoolers and school aged children.
This program has been used with families experiencing emotional stress and with foster families.
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Keeping Children Safe
Course FocusParenting, preventing child abuse and neglect.
DescriptionThis is an information and awareness group to help parents understand how abuse and neglect affects children and how to prevent it. It increases parents' understanding of how to meet children's needs, how to build a child's self-esteem and how to prevent child neglect and abuse. It encourages protective behaviours and encourages parents to take care of themselves.
Who is it for?Parents/Carers.
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Teen Triple P
12-16 yearsGroup Teen Triple P- Up to Eight sessions - Five 2 hour groups with up to 12 parents and three 20min individual telephone support calls.
Teen Seminars-Three talks of one and a half hours can be used as standalone sessions or as a series.
Course FocusParenting Teenagers.
DescriptionBased on similar strategies as tried and tested Triple P, additional topics on teenage development and promoting positive skills for teens. It provides new ideas and strategies for parents to develop a positive relationship with their teenager and promote their independence.
Who is it for?Parents/carers of teenagers.
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Tuning into Teens
12-16 yearsSix sessions in a parents group.
Course FocusPositive family relationships with teenagers.
DescriptionTeaching parents the core skills of emotion awareness as in Tuning into kids. Sessions on understanding adolescent development, accepting and guiding teen's increasing independence and creating opportunities for connection between parent and teen.
Who is it for?Parents/carers of adolescents.
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Stepping Stones Triple P
Course FocusParenting children with disabilities.
DescriptionThis version of Triple P has been developed along the same lines as the Standard Triple P. It has an
additional focus on the issues faced by families with children who have development disabilities. It provides principles and techniques that can be used for different problems, such as tantrums, sleeping, bullying, and withdrawal.
Who is it for?All parents/carers of children with developmental disabilities.
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12-18 yearsThree sessions in a parents group.
Course FocusParenting Teenagers.
DescriptionBased on similar ideas to 123 Magic it offers a three-option model for parents when communicating with their teenagers.it focuses on building positive and respectful relationships with strategies for responding to normal and challenging teenage behaviour.
Who is it for?Parents/carers of adolescents.
View Engaging Adolescents programs>
Parenting After Separation
DescriptionThis course helps parents to understand, focus on and respond to the needs of their child after a separation. It teaches parents how to adapt to separated parenting and manage challenges such as parenting from a distance, conflict with an ex-partner and their child's reactions. It shows how to support their child and meet their needs even when there is ongoing conflict.
Who is it for?Fathers/Mothers, attend separately. Interview beforehand.
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Keeping Kids in Mind
Course FocusSeparation divorce.
DescriptionThe course is designed to help separated or divorced parents, support their children through the separation. It helps parents to communicate with less conflict and better understand how conflict impacts on children. It aims to help build children's resilience and to help parents understand their own and their children's grief and loss after separation.
Who is it for?Separating or divorcing parents. Interview beforehand. Developed by Catholic care.
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