Healthy living

Parenting groups

Becoming a parent and caring for a baby can be a wonderful experience but, at times, it can be daunting and overwhelming. The Child and Adolescent Health Service provides parents with support, health education and guidance about key health and developmental issues.

All families in Western Australia are offered 5 purple book appointments with their child health nurse from birth to 2 years. Child health nurses offer assessments, immunisation advice and support to all families with young children.

There are also different groups that parents can attend to support them through various stages of their child’s development. These include introducing solids to babies, strategies to help babies sleep, and programs to help support parents to have healthy relationships with children.

To help us meet social distancing requirements, we have had to make some temporary changes to our parenting groups and how we run them. These are explained below.

Please visit WA Country Health Service for information on parenting groups outside the Perth metropolitan area.

Early Parenting Group (for parents of newborn babies)

Connect with other local parents of newborn babies (up to around 8 weeks old) in an informal group setting.

What is involved?

Free weekly 60-minute sessions for about 4 weeks.

What is covered?

A child health nurse will cover the topics you are interested in such as:

  • feeding, sleep and settling
  • play and development
  • becoming a parent.

How do I book?

For the time being, Ngala are offering video call Early Parenting Groups on behalf of your local child health nurse.

To book, visit the Ngala website (external site).

A Solid Start (for parents of babies aged 4 to 6 months)

This free group helps you get ready to introduce solids to your 6 month old baby.

What is involved?

One 60-minute group session. Suitable for parents of babies around 4 months.

What is covered?

Topics include:

  • why and when to start solids
  • what to introduce and how
  • food and drinks to avoid
  • food safety.

How do I book?

For the time being, Ngala are offering video call A Solid Start groups on behalf of your local child health nurse.

To book, visit the Ngala website (external site).

Let's Sleep (for parents of babies aged 6 to 12 months)

If you are concerned about your baby’s sleep and settling routines, this group may be right for you.

This free workshop is for parents with babies aged 6 to 12 months who are experiencing sleep and settling issues.

What is involved?

Two 60-minute group sessions.

What is covered?

  • Establishing good sleep patterns.
  • Realistic expectations of sleep.
  • Sleep and sleep settling strategies.
  • Sharing ideas and experiences with the group to support each other.

How do I book?

Your Child Health Nurse can talk to you about whether this group is right for you.

For the time being, Ngala are offering video call Let’s Sleep groups on behalf of your local child health nurse.

To book, visit the Ngala website (external site).

Circle of Security Parenting (for parents of children aged 4 months to 6 years)

For the time being, we have suspended this program.

Circle of Security groups will re-start as soon as possible.

Triple P (for parents of children aged 3 to 8 years)

For the time being, we have suspended this program.

Triple P groups will re-start again as soon as possible.

Kindy Talks (for parents of children who are just starting school)

Kindy Talks are not currently running at the moment.

They will start again once school attendances return to normal.

Where to get more information

Child and School Health Nurses

Raising Children Network

Ngala Parenting Line (8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week)


Last reviewed: 22-05-2019
Acknowledgements

Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health (CAHS CH)


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