Healthy living

Parenting groups

Becoming a parent and caring for a baby can be a wonderful experience and, at times, it can be daunting and overwhelming. The Child and Adolescent Community 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.

In addition to these appointments, 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; as well as programs to help support parents to have healthy relationships with children.

Read about the different free parenting groups available through Child and Adolescent Community Health.

Early Parenting Group (for parents of newborn babies)

Come and meet other parents in your local area with newborn babies to around 8 weeks-of-age in an informal group setting.

What is involved?

Free weekly 2 hour sessions for approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

What is covered?

Your child health nurse will cover the topics you are interested in – these could include:

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

Please bring a pram or rug for your baby.

How do I book?

The nurse will usually tell you at your first home visit when the next group is starting and can book you in. If not, please contact your Child Health Nurse for more information.

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?

A single 2 hour 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?

View the booking calendar (Word 145KB) with details about the upcoming groups across the Perth metropolitan area, and book in today.

Please do not bring babies and children over the age of 6 months to the group. You will need to make your own child care arrangements for them. You can bring babies into groups for feeding.

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?

A single 2 hour group session.

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.

View the booking calendar (Word 128KB) with details about the upcoming groups across the Perth metropolitan area, and book in today.

Please do not bring babies and children over the age of 6 months to the group. You will need to make your own child care arrangements for them. You can bring babies into groups for feeding.

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

Sometimes, you might feel lost or confused about what your child needs from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program (external site) helps you make sense of what your child is really asking from you, and how to strengthen the parent-child relationship.

If you are concerned about your relationship with your child and have difficulty understanding their needs, this group may be right for you. Please talk to your Child Health Nurse first to learn more.

What is involved?

The Circle of Security Parenting is an 8-week program and each session lasts up to 2 hours.

What is covered?

Circle of Security Parenting is a parent-reflection program that aims to help you:

  • understand and learn to read your child’s emotional needs
  • support your child’s ability to successfully manage emotions
  • enhance the development of your child’s self-esteem
  • ensure your child feels secure.

If you are interested in this group:

Please talk to your Child Health Nurse to see if this group is suitable for you.

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

Sometimes parenting can be challenging. Triple P teaches practical, effective ways to manage common issues which most parents will face, such as:

  • tantrums
  • meal time difficulties
  • whingeing
  • challenging behaviours
  • hurting others
  • wandering.

Triple P helps you:

  • raise happy, confident children
  • manage misbehaviour so everyone in the family enjoys life more
  • set rules and routines that everyone respects and follows
  • encourage behaviour you like
  • take care of yourself as a parent
  • feel confident you’re doing the right thing.

All Triple P programs are free and are most suitable for parents of children between the ages of 3 to 8 years old.

How do I book?

View the booking calendar (Word 128KB) with details about the upcoming groups across the Perth metropolitan area, and book in today.

Please do not bring babies and children over the age of 6 months to the group. You will need to make your own childcare arrangements for them. You can bring babies into groups for feeding.

Crèche is offered at some venues. Parents are responsible for crèche bookings and fees, where applicable. Please note that crèche services are independently provided and do not form part of the Child and Adolescent Health Service, or the Triple P program.

What is involved?

There are many different levels of support in Triple P and we understand that each family is different; therefore the amount of support required by families will differ.

The following Triple P programs are offered:

Triple P Seminar Series

The Triple P Seminar Series teaches you practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and introduces the principles of positive parenting. Delivered as three separate 2 hour sessions covering:

  1. children’s behaviour – the tough part of parenting
  2. raising confident children
  3. raising emotionally resilient children.

You can attend 1, 2 or all 3 seminars.

Triple P Discussion Groups

Triple P Discussion Groups bring together a small group of parents who are all experiencing the same issue. Each discussion group focuses on one topic only in the 2 hour session.

The topics are:

  • dealing with disobedience
  • hassle-free shopping with children
  • managing fighting and aggression.

Group Triple P

Group Triple P teaches a broad range of strategies to help you manage your children’s behaviour in a variety of parenting situations. This is a more intensive program for parents with concerns about their child’s behaviour problems or for those who are trying to prevent problems from getting worse.

Delivered as an eight-week program, it includes five group sessions (2 hours each) and three follow up phone calls to tailor the program to the needs of your family.

You will be asked to complete confidential questionnaires before and after the group, to focus on your particular needs.

Triple P Online

Triple P Online is available for purchase directly through the Triple P International website (external site).

Where to get more information

Triple P International

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

Once your child starts kindy, you will get to know your School Health Nurse. Just as your Child Health Nurse supported your child during the early years, the School Health Nurse will support your child as they go through school, from kindy all the way up to year 12.

What is covered?

School Health Nurses are available to do Kindy Talks at your school as your child starts kindy. During this talk, the Nurse will let parents know about the range of services they provide and information including:

  • vision and hearing assessment
  • general development
  • healthy eating and lunch box ideas
  • immunisation and disease prevention.

The School Health Nurse will work together with the teacher and the parents to help children maintain good health and do their best at school.

Please contact your school for more information about Kindy Talks.

Where to get more information

Child and School Health Nurses

Raising Children Network

Ngala Parenting Line

Talk about your parenting concerns with a friendly expert. The Ngala Parenting Line supports families of children from birth to 18 in WA.

Get tips, strategies and useful information.

Parents, carers, partners and grandparents are welcome to call. The Ngala Parenting Line is open 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week.

Phone: (08) 9368 9368 (1800 111 546 for country callers)

Last reviewed: 22-05-2019

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

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

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