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Parenting programs

We have a range of MCH programs that are facilitated by professionals and aimed to assist parents, including a First Time Parent Group, Sleep & Settling program, and The Infant Program.

First Time Parent Group

Our group is offered over 5 weeks and aims to support you in your new role as a parent. Invitations to join are sent to new parents via SMS.

Benefits include:

  • increasing parental confidence and independence in child-rearing
  • gaining information on child health and development
  • meeting other first-time parents, sharing experiences and learning from each other
  • establishing friendships and social networks

The Infant Program

The Infant Program aims to support parents with children aged between 3 and 12 months and has been developed by Deakin University's Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition.

All parents and carers are invited to attend age-specific group information sessions when their children are 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

The program will help you:

  • improve your knowledge and increase your confidence to establish a healthy lifestyle for your child
  • become a role model for your child by promoting healthy eating

To book, please speak with your Maternal and Child Nurse or contact us on 9404 8888 or

Sleep and Settling

This program provides support to parents to better understand their child’s sleep patterns and cues and create a safe sleeping environment.

Please speak to the Maternal and Child Health nurse at your regular Centre or contact 9404 8888 to organise attendance at a sleep information session.

Commonly discussed topics may include

  • Learning about how your baby sleeps and how it changes over time
  • Ways to establish good sleeping habits through the use of different strategies and techniques for you and your family
  • Recognising your child’s cues and patterns around sleep
  • What other supports are available for you and your family.