Parent education events

Education and support courses for parents and carers

Parent education and support programs

Providing knowledge and tools to support parents

Parent Education and Support Programs

The Infants’ Home runs a number of education and support programs each year to provide parents and carers with information and support on aspects of parenting, as well as the social, emotional and communication tools to help develop their parenting skills. Our parenting courses are often run in collaboration with external expert agencies.

The courses help parents to be more sensitive to their child’s emotions and more able to positively guide their behaviour, better understand their child’s needs, and to be calm and more purposeful in their play and interactions with their child.

Term 1 2023
Bringing Up Great Kids 

This is a six-week parenting program for parents and carers of children aged birth to 12 years.  

Bringing Up Great Kids supports the development of mindful and positive relationships between parents/carers and children through interactive activities and discussions. The program will support parents and carers to: 

  • Learn more about the origins of your own parenting style and how it can be more effective
  • Identify the important messages you want to convey to the children in your care and how to achieve this     
  • Learn more about brain development in children and its influence on their thoughts, feelings and behaviour 
  • Understand the meaning of children’s behaviour
  • Discover how to overcome some of the obstacles getting in the way of you being the kind of parents you would like to be
  • Discover ways for you to take care of yourself and to find support when you need it. 

This is a FREE face-to-face program. Please note that childminding is not available for this course. Babies under 6 months are welcome. 

Course details:
Thursdays, 2 March to 6 April, 2023 (6 weeks)
10.00 am –12.00 pm
At The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.

Book your place for this course here.

This program is being run in partnership with Metro Assist. Facilitators are Kay Oo, Community Development Worker (Metro Assist) and Ana-Luisa Franco, Community Learning and Engagement Manager (The Infants’ Home).

Bringing Baby Home Parenting Program – Calling for Expressions of Interest

In partnership with Sydney Local Health District, we are seeking Expressions of Interest for a parenting program for parenting pairs who are new to parenting. If you are interested in attending, please provide your information through the ‘Get Tickets’ section of the event booking website here, and we will contact you to discuss the program. If you’re unsure if this program is for you, feel free to fill out the ‘Get Tickets’ sections and we will call you and answer any questions!

The program is free, however the required program workbook costs $50. This cost can be shared by both people in the pair.

The Bringing Baby Home program supports pairs sharing the parenting role to build a strong emotional foundation in their families. Designed for both expecting and new parents, the Bringing Baby Home program will give you skills and information to recognise and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family.

The program is designed for parenting pairs including:

  • Couples
  • Parents no longer in a relationship but who will be co-parenting their child
  • Sole parents with a person they feel will have a significant role in their parenting journey (eg. grandparent, other family member, friend, carer, nanny etc)

The program is inclusive of people from all cultures, gender expressions and family types.

What is the focus of the program?

The program teaches parenting partners how to:

  • Increase friendship in their relationship
  • Deal effectively with conflict
  • Involve both parenting partners in infant care and parenting
  • Improve the qualify of parent-infant interaction
  • Recognise the psychological and emotional needs of their child

The program will be run by certified Bringing Baby Home facilitator and Sydney Local Health District Senior Social Worker, Joanne Maloney.

When will the program run?

The program will run for two hours on Tuesday evenings, for six weeks, from 28 February to 4 April.

The program’s weekly start time is expected to be between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm. This will be confirmed once the program cohort has been confirmed.

Tuning in to Kids  

Tuning in to Kids is a six-week program for parents and carers of children aged 3 to 8 years.   

Would you like to learn how to:  

  • Be better at talking with your child?  
  • Understand your child better?  
  • Help your child to learn to manage their emotions?  
  • Help to prevent challenging behaviours in your child?
  • Teach your child how to deal with conflict?
  • Support your child to develop emotional intelligence?    

Tuning in to Kids shows you how to help your child develop their emotional intelligence.

Tuning in to Teens  

Tuning in to Teens is a six-week program for parents and carers of adolescents.  

Would you like to learn how to:  

  • Be better at talking with your teen?  
  • Be better at understanding your teen?  
  • Help your teen learn to manage their emotions?  
  • Help to prevent behaviour problems in your teen?  
  • Teach your teen to deal with conflict?  

Tuning in to Teens shows you how to help your teen develop emotional intelligence.

Circle of Security

Circle of Security is an eight-week program for parents and carers of children aged birth to 8 years.    

All parents can feel lost or unsure about what their child might need from them at times. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking of you. The Circle of Security Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened.  

This program can help parents and carers to:

  • Understand their child’s emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs  
  • Support their child’s ability to successfully manage emotions  
  • Enhance the development of their child’s self esteem  
  • Honour their innate wisdom and desire for their child to be secure.

We will advise our community when dates, times and booking details for each of our parenting programs become available. For further information or to make an enquiry, please call us on 02 8719 5041, or email

2023 Parenting Programs

We are working with our partners to plan for our parenting programs across 2023. We will advise our community via our website and social media when programs are confirmed, and course booking links will be published on this page as these become available.