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Parenting Resources

NSW Wide

Playgroups NSW link parents with playgroups across the state. Search for a playgroup near you on their site. Find A Playgroup. 

Please find below various headings for resources to assist Parents and Carers. Simply click the heading to open the section to find more information.










 






 

Northern Beaches Community Directory for FamiliesSurvivor Guide for Sole Parents

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Lower North Shore - Child & Family Services Flyer


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THE FAMILY REFERRAL SERVICE-South Eastern and Northern Sydney FRS

The Family Referral Service (FRS) brings together families, support services, and community resources so that our children and young people are safe and well.

sensfamilyreferral@barnardos.org.au

Phone 1800 066 757

CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES -  Marrickville, Leichhardt, Glebe
DIRECTORY

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CHILD AND FAMILY - Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield

DIRECTORY PAMPHLETS

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TRANSITION TO SCHOOL - Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Strathfield


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CHILD AND FAMILY - Canterbury


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Inner West Library Parenting Resource listings.






My South West Sydney Baby Pregnancy Journey App

My South West Sydney Baby Pregnancy Journey App contains helpful information for pregnant women and their partners having their baby in South Western Sydney.

Download on Google Play for Android

Download on iTunes for Apple


CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES GUIDE: FAIRFIELD

This guide has been developed to assist local services to refer families to local nonmedical services. It was specifically designed with the needs of GPs and School Principals in mind. However, we hope that it will be useful for a range of services.


CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES GUIDE: LIVERPOOL

This guide has been developed to assist local services to refer families to local nonmedical services. It was specifically designed with the needs of GPs and School Principals in mind. However, we hope that it will be useful for a range of services.


Share Everyday Moments with Me

Play and Sing-a-long to your very own copy ‘Lovely Jubblies” Listen to the song online or download the MP3 fror FREE.

Posters for download are also available.



Playgroups Directory for Botany, City of Sydney, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Waverly & Woollhara Local Government Areas.

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Waverley Council Kids Book 2010

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Family Services Directory-South Randwick community Hub

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Directory of Child, Youth and Family Services for SESIAHS


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St George and Sutherland.


Print this simple guide to three services linking families to local supports and information in the Sutherland shire and St George.







CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES GUIDE: BANKSTOWN

This guide has been developed to assist local services to refer families to local nonmedical services. It was specifically designed with the needs of GPs and School Principals in mind. However, we hope that it will be useful for a range of services.


CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES GUIDE: FAIRFIELD

This guide has been developed to assist local services to refer families to local nonmedical services. It was specifically designed with the needs of GPs and School Principals in mind. However, we hope that it will be useful for a range of services.

CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES GUIDE: LIVERPOOL

This guide has been developed to assist local services to refer families to local nonmedical services. It was specifically designed with the needs of GPs and School Principals in mind. However, we hope that it will be useful for a range of services.

NSW Government Parenting Websites

  • Families NSW - For information on the NSW roll out of Triple P Groups and Seminars. The NSW Government's prevention and early intervention strategy for families expecting or with children aged 0-8 years. Funding through the strategy makes this web site and all three parenting projects possible.

  • The NSW Department of Community Services(DoCS) promotes the safety and well-being of children and young people and works to build stronger families and communities. The web site has information on child protection services, parenting, support and early intervention, foster care, adoption services and help for communities affected by disaster. Parenting tips and fact sheets from the NSW government. Parenting Page
  • Parent Line is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for parents of children ages 0 to 18 who live in New South Wales.  FREE Professional help for parents and carers of children 0 - 18 in NSW. 1300 1300 52
  • Tresillian has a wide range of specialist services for families with a baby or young child. There is also the 24hr Parent Help Line 1800 637 357 free call outside Sydney.
  • Karitane aim to provide information and support to as many parents as possible, in addition to on-site services they have the parenting information on  and Karitane Careline anytime 7 days a week 1300 227 464
  • NSW Health (MH-Children and Young People - MH-CYP) and the Mental Health Association NSW (MHA) have developed the I've Been There website. It is a parenting resource that provides young parents with expert information and easy to follow case study examples. It aims to help young mothers and fathers by providing parenting tips and information and raising awareness of mental health problems during pregnancy and early parenting by highlighting positive strategies that can help people if they are not feeling well. www.ivebeenthere.org.au

Other NSW Parenting websites

  • Kid Safe NSW is a non-profit, non-government organisation that provides information to all regarding injury prevention in children. Visit the Kid Safe house at Westmead for ideas, or read guidelines and suggestions for Home, Playground, Road and Water Safety on the web site. www.kidsafensw.org

Australian Commonwealth Government sites

The Australian Institute of Family Studies web site details information and facts on families in Australia, as well as the journal 'Family Matters' (some full text issues available). www.aifs.gov.au

Parent resources
These related resources are specifically designed for parents. They provide information and strategies for parents whose child is showing bullying behaviours at school.

Helping your child stop bullying: A guide for parents

This eight-page guide provides parents with information on bullying, warning signs” that their child may be bullying others, and practical steps that parents can take to prevent bullying behaviour getting out of hand.
Does your child bully others? Ten positive actions for parents

Children can't learn without making mistakes - it's how we help them deal with those mistakes that matter. This two-page handout outlines 10 positive actions parents can take when their child is bullying another child.
Infographic: What to do if your child is bullying (PDF 155 KB)

A one-page visual guide on how parents can best respond when their child is bullying another child. Three key actions are outlined, together with examples of what to say when talking with their child.

Other Australia wide Parenting Websites

  • The Australian Parenting website with an enormous amount on parenting and child development go to www.raisingchildren.net.auyou are also able to order their 5 hour DVD on parenting children from 0 to 8 from this site.

  • The Australian Childhood Foundation has created the Kids Count campaign and web site. There is factsheet-type information for parents on common parenting and childhood challenges, a section authored by Michael Grose, details of parenting seminars and an opportunity to suggest topics for further information. www.kidscount.com.au

  • Triple P-The positive parenting program address that is available in the Inner West (see Calendar for details). This web site outlines the services offered by Triple P International and is based in Brisbane Queensland. The book 'Every Parent' by Matt Sanders and all other Triple P resources are available to order from this website. Check at your local library for copies of the book and the video. www.triplep.net

  • Parenting South Australia has produced the Parent Easy Guides, a series of 70+ factsheets on particular issues experienced by families with children of different ages. PEGs are also downloadable. www.parenting.sa.gov.au

  • The South Australian Child and Youth Health site is extremely comprehensive, with over 300 articles on specific parenting issues, as well as a child's site (age 6-12) and a youth site (age 12-25) with topics requested by and written for young children and young adults. www.cyh.com

  • St Luke's is a community agency in Victoria that (among other things) produces 'seriously optimistic' books and creative materials used by families, teachers and counsellors utilising the 'strengths-based' approach. Subscribe to the e-newsletter. www.innovativeresources.org

  • Young Media Australia is an online resource providing the latest information for people caring for children, on the role that media experiences play in children's development. Check the web site for movie reviews, current research, the media classification system and more. www.youngmedia.org.au

  • NAPCAN The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is an independent Australian charity committed to stopping child abuse. The website details national campaigns and free resources that promote practical and positive actions, such as '30 Ways to Boost a Child's Self Confidence' and the 'Importance of Play'. www.napcan.org.au

Click here for full section on Resources for Aboriginal families with some great down loads and links.

Click here to go to a summary of the nationally available parenting resources for CALD communities. You can search by Topic ie. Toilet Training, or by Language ie. Urdu. Most of these resources are able to be downloaded and printed free of charge.

  • Click here for the Resource Kit for Relative Carers addresses the most commonly asked questions by relative carers at support groups and during requests for assistance over the phone. This kit provides information, contact numbers and websites for support services, and a collection of stories from relative carers. Additional information is often provided by links to websites.

  • Grandparents Booklet www.raisinggrandchildren.com.au

  • Books for Babies and Children list - English http://www.earlywords.info/books.html

Events for Parents

Who is it for?

Parents or carers of a child aged 0-5 years.

What does it do?

The focus in this program is on the bond between parents/carers and their child. The idea of the circle of security helps parents to understand their child’s need for security as well as their child’s need for exploration. When parents/carers tune into the emotional and relationship needs of their child, the child’s behaviour improves. Children who feel secure in their relationship with their parents/carers show empathy, handle emotions, have good self esteem, good relationships and do well when starting school.

What to expect

DVDs are used to explain the idea of the circle of security. This can be run for groups or individual parents/carers over 20 weeks.

Results

This program has been shown to be effective, especially for families experiencing divorce, conflict, stressful events, mental health issues or disabilities, as well as adoptive parents/carers.

Find out more about Circle of security.

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Who is it for?

Parents/carers with a child from birth to 16 years.

Triple P seminars explain principles and techniques that can be used for different problems, such as tantrums, sleeping, bullying, and teenage withdrawal. It is suitable for families from diverse socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

What does it do?

This is a system of easy to use, proven parenting strategies for parents to develop a positive and caring relationship with their child.

The Triple P program is flexible with various levels of involvement. There are general positive parenting seminars, or parenting skills training, either about parenting generally or in relation to specific problem behaviours. Families can choose the level that suits them.

What to expect

An accredited Triple P practitioner runs a course with a group of about 10 people. There are four weekly sessions that run for two hours, followed by three telephone calls to discuss how things are going in the home and then a final group session.

Results

Triple P principles and techniques have been evaluated for the past 30 years and they work well. They have been shown to work very well with child behavioural problems, children with developmental disabilities and children at risk of abuse or neglect.

Find out more about Triple P.

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Positive parenting, Triple P, tantrums, parenting, parenting programs, child behavioural problems, foster children, smacking, parenting help, developmental disabilities, self-esteem in children.

Who is it for?

Parents/carers with children aged 2-12 years.

What does it do?

1-2-3 Magic is a simple program that suggests effective parenting solutions without arguing, fighting or smacking.

1-2-3 Magic aims to:

1. Control a child’s undesirable behaviour

2. Encourage a child’s desirable behaviour and,

3. Strengthen the bond between parent/carer and child.

Parents/carers are given three strategies to choose from if a child misbehaves. The course aims to help parents/carers understand their child’s motivations, and how to emotionally bond with their child. Parents/carers learn how their own behaviour can influence their child and how to encourage cooperation around the home.

What to expect

There are three sessions lasting two hours each. The sessions are run in groups

Results

Parents/carers who attended 1-2-3 Magic courses reported improvement in parenting practices and a reduction in child problem behavior and the impact lasted.

This program has been effective with children with behavioural problems, children with anxiety, children experiencing emotional stress and children who are fostered.

Find out more about 1-2-3 Magic.

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1-2-3 Magic, tantrums, parenting, parenting programs, encourage good behavior, behavioural problems, anxiety, foster children, smacking, parenting help, difficult behavior, toddlers, children, teens.

Who is it for?

Parents of preschoolers, aged 1-6 years.

What does it do?

It coaches parents to help their child to understand and manage their emotions.

It teaches parents:

  • awareness and management of their own emotions
  • awareness of their child’s emotions
  • to use their child’s emotional experiences to bond with and teach their child
  • skills to help their child to label and manage their emotions
  • skills to help their child to solve problems
  • to guide their child’s behaviour with appropriate limits

What to expect

This is run over six sessions of two and a half hours in small groups.

It involves individual, group activities and home activities.

Results

When parents learned these parenting skills, their child’s behaviour, emotional management and social skills improved. The program was very good for children with behaviour or anxiety problems, children experiencing emotional stress and for foster families.

Find out more about Tuning in to kids.

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Tuning in to kids, emotional skills, parenting skills, child behaviour, behavioural problems, manage problems, anxiety, bonding, foster families.

Events for Parents and Children

Who is it for?

Children aged 7-13 years who are overweight and their families. This is a free program funded by the NSW Department of Health. At least one parent or carer is required to attend the program with each child. This happens to ensure that the strategies the child learns can be followed at home.

What does it do?

Children and their families become fitter, healthier and happier while they have fun, meet new friends and learn new skills.

It helps children to feel more confident and boosts their self-esteem. Children get fit playing games, try new foods and learn to set goals to maintain a healthy weight.

What to expect

This involves 20 group sessions after school, twice a week for two hours per session, run over one school term. There are nutrition and education sessions for children and parents together, and then the children go for an exercise session, while the parents/carers continue discussion and education. The sessions are facilitated by trained instructors.

Results

This program started in 2011. Trials of this program have been successful. It helps these children and their families to adopt a healthy lifestyle that they maintain.

Find out more about Go4Fun.

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Go4Fun, childhood obesity, nutrition, parent and child programs, self-esteem in children, getting fit, healthy eating, exercise program for children, healthy weight.

Events with a Special Focus

Who is it for?

This program offers support for separating families, with children of any age, who are experiencing conflict.

What does it do?

The course is designed to help separated or divorced parents:

  • support their children through the separation
  • help parents to communicate with less conflict
  • better understand how conflict impacts on children
  • help build their child’s resilience
  • understand grief and loss after separation.

What to expect

An educational course held one night a week over five weeks. Parents interested in attending the course need to register and participate in an interview beforehand. Qualified and experienced parent educators and counsellors in a Catholic agency facilitate the course.

Find out more about Keeping kids in mind.

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Keeping kids in mind, Catholic, divorce, separation, parenting, conflict, emotional stress, conflict impacts on children, divorce impacts on children, resilience.