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 

2019 Programs

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

  • Thursday 17, 24 and 31 January
    Thursday 7, 14 and 21 March

    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
     
  • Thursday 7, 14 and 21 February
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston
  • Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 February
    Tuesday 4, 11 and 18 April

    Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
    103 Ashleigh Avenue
    Frankston
  • Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 March
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North

Please Note: The first session will commence at 6pm for registration, then the remaining sessions from 6.30-8.30pm

Baby Cues

Babies give a lot of different hints and cues to tell parents what they need. Learn how to read these signs so you can improve communication with your child.

  • Thursday 24 January
    Thursday 28 February
    Thursday 28 March
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Thursday 18 April
    Thursday 23 May
    Thursday 27 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Boost Up Blues - 8 Week Program

Being a parent is very rewarding, but it can also be hard work. This support group for mums explores the impact of post natal depression and anxiety in a safe and friendly environment. Bookings essential.

  • Thursday 7 February
    1pm - 3pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

  • Thursday 2 May
    1.30pm - 3.30pm
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

Early Parenting - Books and Babes

Come along for this fun session and find out the benefits and tips of reading to your baby.

  • Friday 18 January
    Friday 15 March
    Friday 17 May

    1–1.45pm
    Long Room - Frankston Library
    60 Playne Street
    Frankston

Talking Books with Toddlers

Toddlerhood is a time of challenges. But it is also a time of great curiosity and the perfect time to spark a love of reading in your little one.

  • Friday 8 February
    Friday 12 April
    Friday 14 June

    1–1.45pm
    Long Room - Frankston Library
    60 Playne Street
    Frankston

Sleep and Settling 0-3months Newborns

Settling babies into sleep patterns is important for their development and for family routine. Learn flexible age appropriate techniques to assist normal sleep development.

  • Wednesday 16 January 
    Wednesday 12 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 20 February
    Wednesday 3 April
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 8 May
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

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 6 February
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 20 March
    Wednesday 29 May
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 24 April 
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Sleep and Settling 4-12 Months

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

  • Wednesday 13 February
    Wednesday 1 May
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 27 March
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 5 June
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford  

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Foods For Babies

As babies develop, their food options need to change to ensure optimal growth and development. Get up-to-date information on the introduction of nutritional foods for your baby as they grow, from first foods to family mealtimes.

  • Wednesday 30 January
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 6 March 
    Wednesday 26 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 10 April 
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
  • Wednesday 22 May
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Positive Play and Behaviour

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

  • Wednesday 23 January 
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
  • Wednesday 13 March 

    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston

  • Wednesday 17 April
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 19 June
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

All sessions from 1.30pm until 3.30pm

Toilet Training

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 27 February
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 15 May 
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston

All sessions from 1.30pm until 3.30pm

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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