Parent and Guardian Education Programs

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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

2020 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.

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 16 April
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs
  • Thursday 6 February
    Thursday 12 March
    Thursday 14 May
    Thursday 18 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions from 10am - 12pm

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.

  • Wednesday 19 February
    Wednesday 15 April
    1pm - 3pm
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent 

Early Parenting - Books and Babes

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

  • Dates to be announced

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.

  • Dates to be announced

Sleep and Settling 0-4 months 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 15 January
    Wednesday 1 April
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston
     
  • Wednesday 6 May
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North
  • Wednesday 4 March

    Botany Park Maternal and
    Child Health Centre,
    53 Lyrebird Drive,
    Carrum Downs

  • Wednesday 26 February
    Wednesday 17 June
     Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

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 4 September

    Joy Street Maternal and Child Health Centre
    15 Joy Street, Frankston

  • Wednesday 5 February
    Mahogany Rise Maternal and Child Health Centre
    25 Jenkens Street
    Frankston North

  • Wednesday 27 May

    Langwarrin Park Maternal and Child Health,
    29 Northgateway,
    Langwarrin 

  • Wednesday 29 April
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre
    107-109 Raphael Crescent
    Frankston

All sessions from 10am - 12pm

Sleep and Settling 6-8 Months

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

  • Wednesday 22 January
    Monday 20 April
    Monday 25 May
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Care Centre
    53 Lyrebird Drive
    Carrum Downs
  • Monday 22 June

    Langwarrin Park Maternal and Child Health,
    29 Northgateway,
    Langwarrin

  • Wednesday 18 September
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place, Frankston
  • Wednesday 18 March
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre
    90A Cadles Road
    Carrum Downs

All sessions from 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Sleep and Settling - Toddler 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 29 January
    Thursday 27 February

    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre,
    90A Cadles Road,
    Carrum Downs

  • Thursday 19 March
    Thursday 21 May
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre,
    107–109 Raphael Crescent,
    Frankston

  • Thursday 23 April
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place,
    Frankston

  • Thursday 25 June
    Langwarrin Park Maternal and Child Health,
    29 Northgateway,
    Langwarrin

    All sessions from 10am – 12pm

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. These sessions are for babies from 4 to 12 months.

  • Monday 10 February

    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place,
    Frankston

  • Wednesday 25 March
    Botany Park Maternal and Child Health Centre,
    53 Lyrebird Drive,
    Carrum Downs

  • Monday 6 April
    Langwarrin Park Maternal and Child Health,
    29 Northgateway,
    Langwarrin

  • Monday 4 May
    Banyan Fields Child and Family Centre,
    90A Cadles Road,
    Carrum Downs

  • Monday 15 June
    Lakewood Child and Family Centre,
    107–109 Raphael Crescent,
    Frankston

All sessions from 10am - 12pm

Play Ideas for Toddlers

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

  • Wednesday 3 June

    Langwarrin Park Maternal and Child Health,
    29 Northgateway,
    Langwarrin

All sessions from 10am until 12pm

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 8 April
    Montague Park Maternal and Child Health Centre
    Bentley Place
    Frankston

All sessions from 10am - 12pm

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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