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 19 July from 1pm to 3pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Thursday 27 September from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road, Carrum Downs

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

Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
90A Cadles Road, Carrum Downs
6.30 - 8.30pm

  • Wednesday 3, 10 and 17 October
  • Thursday 17, 24 and 31 January
  • Thursday 7, 14 and 21 March

Montague Park
Bentley Place, Frankston
6.30–8.30pm

  • Thursday 18 and 25 October and 1 November
  • Thursday 7, 14 and 21 February

Karingal Neighbourhood Centre
103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston
6.30 - 8.30pm

  • Wednesday 31 October, 7 and 14 November
  • Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 February
  • Thursday 4, 11 and 18 April

Mahogany Rise
25 Jenkens Street, Frankston North
6.30 - 8.30pm

  • Monday 3, 10 and 17 December
  • Tuesday 5, 12 and 19 March

Please Note: The first session will commence at 6pm for registration

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.

  • Thursday 5 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Thursday 6 September from 1pm to 3pm

    Banyan Fields Maternal and Child Health Centre
    90A Cadles Road 
    Carrum Downs
  • Thursday 14 June from 1pm to 3pm
    Thursday 11 October from 1pm to 3pm
    Thursday 8 November from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Thursday 13 December from 1pm to 3pm

    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

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 6 June from 10am to 12pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

  • Wednesday 11 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm 
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
  • Wednesday 1 August
    Wednesday 10 October
    Wednesday 5 December 
    All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

  • Wednesday 5 September
    Wednesday 7 November
    All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

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 22 August from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

  • Wednesday 3 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

  • Wednesday 14 November from 1pm to 3pm
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford
     

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 23 May from 10am to 12pm
    Wednesday 25 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Wednesday 21 September from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Wednesday 21 November 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Wednesday 20 June from 10am to 12pm
    Wednesday 15 August from
    1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Wednesday 19 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 24 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North

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. Suitable for 4-12 month old babies, this information will help parents prepare for the transition to solid food at 6 months of age.

  • Wednesday 27 June from 10am to 12pm
    Wednesday 17 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford

  • Wednesday 12 September from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
  • Wednesday 30 May from 10am to 12pm
    Wednesday 28 November from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North

Toddler Positive Play and Behaviour 2-4yr 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 29 August
    Wednesday 5 September
    All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
     
  • Wednesday 19 September from 1.30pm until 3.30pm
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford  
  • Wednesday 18 July
    Wednesday 31 October
    Wednesday 14 November
    All sessions from 1.30pm until 3.30pm

    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place, Frankston


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 13 June from 10am to 12pm
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 8 August
    Wednesday 12 December
    All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm
    Seaford Maternal and Child Health Centre
    41 Railway Parade
    Seaford

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 20 September
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place, Frankston

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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