Parent education events

Education and support courses for parents and carers

Annual parent education and support programs

Providing knowledge and tools to improve parenting skills

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.

In March we had to cancel all of our parenting programs due to COVID-19, but as restrictions now begin to ease we are now planning to offer some courses in Term 3 2020, the first of which is a six week online Tuning in to Kids program.

Seeking Expressions of Interest
You and Your Baby: Understanding and Responding to your Infants’ needs

This is a four week parenting program for parents living in the Inner West Council, Strathfield, Burwood, Canada Bay and Sydney Local Government Areas (LGAs). The program will support first time parents to better understand their baby and provide responsive, attuned care.

Each week, our Child and Family Health Nurse will support parents to explore a different topic and recommend strategies and responses for parents to use with their babies. Over the four weeks parents will explore the changes that becoming a parent can bring, and guidance will be provided for supporting infant sleep and settling, nutrition, play, growth and development.

Due to space restrictions, and to ensure we are able to be COVID-safe, we will only be able to take one parent per family. Parents will be encouraged to bring their baby along each week, along with a small mat and some play materials for their baby.

The course will be run onsite at The Infants’ Home, 17 Henry Street, Ashfield.

Course Cost: FREE

Facilitator: Denise McEwan, The Infants’ Home Child and Family Health Nurse

We need to register a minimum number of participants to run this course, so if you would be interested in attending, please contact Ana-Luisa Franco on 8719 5041 or email to express your interest.

Term 4 2020
Tuning in to Kids—Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

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 to deal with conflict

Then join our six week parenting program, ‘Tuning in to Kids. This course will help you to support the development of your child’s emotional intelligence, and help strengthen your relationship and communication with them.

Program facilitators: Daniella Frisch and Alyssa Binger, Senior Social Workers.

This is a six week parenting program taking place every Friday, 30 October to 4 December 2020 for parents with children aged 3-7 years residing or attending school and/or care in the Sydney Local Health District.

Participants must meet a number of criteria to be eligible to enrol in the program. Learn more and book a place here.

When: Every Friday, from 30 October to 4 December
Time: 10.00 am to 12.00 pm
Online (via Zoom)
Cost: Free

This course is being run by The Infants’ Home in partnership with Sydney Local Health District.