Parent and Guardian Education Programs

Frankston City Council provides support and training for parents, guardians or grandparents of children from birth to six years of age and their families.

This professional, family-centred primary health service is universal, culturally sensitive and free of charge for Frankston City residents.

Families or professionals wanting a referral or information on Council's Enhanced Services can do so through their Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Free Parent Education Sessions

Council's Parent Education Program offers friendly sessions which are free for local families including:

Bookings 

Free

  • Bookings are essential on 9784 1756 

2018 Sessions January to June 2018

The July to December dates will be available in May 2018.

Boost up Blues

A support group for mums experiencing post natal depression and anxiety. This 8 week program explores the impact of post natal depression on the mother and her family.

8 Week Program Dates

  • Thursday 8 February from 10am to 12pm
    Thursday 19 April from 1pm to 3pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

Baby Makes 3

Baby Makes 3 is a parent group program being offered to support and guide first time parents on how to maintain a healthy and respectful relationship during the transition to parenthood.

The program is a two hour session once a week over three weeks for parents and baby, facilitated by both a male and a female group leader.

The Baby Makes 3 program covers the following topics:

  • Becoming a parent for the first time
  • Who does what?
  • Healthy relationships
  • Meaningful equality
  • Intimacy
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Communication

Benefits and outcomes

Some of the benefits include the opportunity for both parents to share their experiences and hear from others who are going through the same journey. For many fathers, this is their first opportunity to meet with other first time parents.

Parents who have participated in the program report it to be an interesting and worthwhile experience, with couples having a greater respect for each other’s roles and improved communication about their relationship.

3 Week Program Dates and Locations

  • Tuesday 9*, 16 and 23 January
    Tuesday 15*, 22 and 29 May
    Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
    103 Ashleigh Ave
    Frankston
  • Monday 5*, 12 and 19 February
    Monday 9*, 16 and 23 April

    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road, Carrum Downs
  • Tuesday 6*, 13 and 20 February
    Tuesday 5*, 12 and 19 June

    Frankston North Community Centre
    26 Mahogany Avenue
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 7*, 14 and 21 February
    Wednesday 2*, 9 and 16 May

    Frankston South Community and Recreation Centre
    55 Towerhill Road, Frankston South
  • Thursday 8*, 15 and 22 February
    Thursday 5*, 12 and 19 April

    Langwarrin Community Centre
    2 Lang Road
    Langwarrin

* Note: The first session will commence at 6pm for registration and the second and third sessions are 6.30pm-8.30pm

Baby Cues

Having a baby can be a wonderful time in the lives of parents. It can also leave you wanting answers to many questions such as "What does my baby need and want?" This session aims to help parents learn what your newborn is trying to communicate to you.

  • Monday 8 January
    Monday 12 February
    Monday 19 March

    Banyan Fields Maternal and Child Health Centre
    90A Cadles Road 
    Carrum Downs
    All sessions are from 10am to 12pm
  • Thursday 10 May 
    Thursday 14 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
    All sessions are from 1pm to 3pm

Sleep and Settling 0-6months Newborns

Information and flexible strategies on sleeping patterns, sleep associations and age-appropriate routines offered. The groups are offered in specific developmental ages.

  • Wednesday 17 January
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
  • Thursday 7 February
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 7 March
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 11 April
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 9 May
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 6 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Infant Massage 0-6 months

This session is for parents to learn the benefits of massage for both parents and baby. Facilitated by a qualified Infant Massage Instructor.

  • Wednesday 28 February
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
     
  • Wednesday 4 April
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
      
  • Wednesday 2 May
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Sleep and Settling 6-12 Months

Information and flexible strategies on sleeping patterns, sleep associations and age-appropriate routines offered. The groups are offered in specific developmental ages.

  • Wednesday 31 January
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 21 February
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 21 March
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 18 April 
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 23 May
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 20 June 
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Foods For Baby 4-12 Months

How? What? When? This session aims to provide the latest information for parents on the introduction of nutritional foods for baby through to enjoying family mealtimes.

  • Wednesday 28 March
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
      
  • Wednesday 30 May
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 27 June
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Toddler Positive Play and Behaviour 2-5yr olds

Preschool behaviour can be challenging. This program encourages parents to develop positive practical strategies for play based on your child’s developmental age.

  • Wednesday 24 January
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place, Frankston
  • Thursday 14 March
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford  
  • Wednesday 16 May

    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place, Frankston

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Toilet Training 1-4yrs

An informative session with practical ideas and strategies to help children with this complex new skill.

This session covers topics such as:

  • How do I know when my child is ready? 
  • When is the best time to start?
  • Tips to encourage your child's success.
  • Wednesday 14 February
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
  • Wednesday 13 June
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North

All sessions start at 10am until 12pm

Toddler Sleep 1-3yrs

This session will cover sleep issues and daily routines from 1-3 years. Strategies for transition from cot to bed will be explored.

  • Thursday 12 April
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford

Session is from 1pm to 3pm

Bookings are essential for these FREE programs

  • Frankston City Council on 9784 1756

If you are unable to attend, please phone and cancel so we may invite those on the waiting list to attend.

Frankston City Council reserves the right to cancel or change these programs or venues.

These sessions are run by experienced Parent Educators in a relaxed and informative way. To meet the needs of families a choice of dates and times are offered

Breastfeeding Friendly Locations

Information is available on Breastfeeding Friendly Locations.

Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199
P. 03 9784 1754
E. info@frankston.vic.gov.au

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