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Parenting and family support

We offer a range of programs, resources and support services for parents and families in the City of Melbourne.

A mother pushes a pram with a baby towards a smiling receptionist, who stands at a desk underneath a sign that reads "Family Services"

Drop in parenting support

If you would like to discuss your child’s behaviour or a parenting issue, drop in for a chat. The program runs during school terms and bookings are not required.

A member of the Parenting Services team is available during the following days and times:

Tuesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm
Playroom (1st Floor)
Lady Huntingfield Early Learning and Family Services Centre
89-97 Haines Street, North Melbourne

Thursdays 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Online, via Zoom: https://melbourne-vic-gov-au.zoom.us/j/87644423532Opens in new tab
Meeting ID: (ID 8764442 3532)

If you have any questions, please contact us by emailing parentingservices@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

Parent education program

Bringing Up Great Kids is a free, six-week parenting program which promotes respectful and caring relationships between parents / carers and their children. It supports parents and carers of children aged 0-10 years to:

  • Reflect on their parenting style and what has influenced it.
  • Learn more about brain development and its influence on their children’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour.
  • Understand and respond more mindfully to their children’s behaviour.
  • Build effective communication with their children.  
  • Consider ways to take care of themselves and to find support if they need it.  

Please note: child minding is not available, but babies in arms are welcome. 

Please contact us at parentingservices@melbourne.vic.gov.au to express your interest in participating. We will then contact you when the next program dates have been scheduled.  

Resources for parents

Our parenting information program provides information sessions on a range of topics. All sessions are free and families with children of all ages are invited to attend any session.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Current topics include:

  • Play at playgroup
  • Introduction to parent education (includes child behaviour)
  • Ready, steady, kinder (Introduction to childcare and kindergarten)​​.

For more information, email us at parentingservices@melbourne.vic.gov.au​

A range of ideas for entertaining and playing with your children.

Our parenting services team has collated a range of outdoor and online activities to keep the family entertained all year long. 

The summer break is a great time ​to explore your neighbourhood and some of the wonderful parks and playgrounds we have in the City of Melbourne.

Tricks and tips on parenting in an environmentally-friendly way. 

Contact the Parenting services team

Phone

03 9340 1422 (when calling, ask to speak to someone in the Parenting Services Team)

our acknowledgement

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The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land we govern, the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung and Bunurong / Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin and pays respect to their Elders past and present. 

 

We acknowledge and honour the unbroken spiritual, cultural and political connection they have maintained to this unique place for more than 2000 generations.

We accept the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and are committed to walking together to build a better future.