Parent & Carer Support Courses Term 2, 2024

The Southside Initiative has compiled this directory of Parent & Carer Support Courses. Please share this page with your networks including schools, early childhood centres, community organisations and of course families who you believe will benefit the most.

*Please note this list may not be 100% accurate so please follow up directly with the individual organisation for more information about the support and services they offer. This Directory is also updated as new courses are discovered so please check back occasionally. 

View our other Directories to support Canberra families here. 

Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre

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Tuning into Kids Parenting Group

A parenting program that aims to give parents and carers helpful ways of teaching their child to develop skills for good emotional intelligence. This program is suitable for parents of children aged 3-10 years old.

  • Day / Time: Fridays 12pm-2:00pm.
  • Duration: All Term
  • Location: Tuggeranong
Nil
Circle of Security Parenting Program

In collaboration with Capital Region Community Service - parents will learn how to recognise, understand and meet their children's emotional needs in order to prevent and manage behavioral and emotional difficulties. This program is suitable for parents with children under 8 years old. Circle of Security is an eight-week parenting program designed to enhance attachment and security between parents/carers and children.

  • Day / Time: Thursdays 10:30-12pm
  • Duration: 9 May - 27 June
  • Location: Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre
Nil
My Time

An ACT Playgroups facilitated playgroup, all welcome.

  • Day / Time: Fridays 10am-11:30am.
  • Duration: All Term
  • Location: Tuggeranong
Nil
Happy Tummies

This supported playgroup aims to improve healthy eating habits for young children (aged 0-5) by making healthy food fun and enjoyable. Each session includes food based stories, songs and play with hands-on food experience. Starts Thursday 8 May.

  • Day / Time: Thursdays 1pm-2:30pm
  • Duration: 8 Weeks
  • Location: Tuggeranong
Nil

West Belconnen Child and Family Centre

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Look Who's Talking

In partnership with EACH, Look Who's Talking is a workshop for parents of children aged birth to three years old. Workshops will cover the importance of rhymes, serve and return play, building vocabulary, positive language, helping your child manage big feelings, following your child's lead, the magic of walking and reading with babies.

  • Day / Time: Mondays 10am-11:30am
  • Location: West Belconnen Child and Family Centre
Nil
Multicultural Playgroup

A targeted playgroup for families of diverse cultural backgrounds with children from birth to 5 years old. The group aims to support families to settle into the community by providing them with information and access to a variety of support services and nurture their child's development through play.

  • Day / Time: Wednesdays 10am-11:30am
  • Location: West Belconnen Child and Family Centre
Nil
Koori Playgroup

A playgroup for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 5 years old and their parents/carers, focusing on strengthening community connections and culture, and having lots of fun!

  • Day / Time: Thursdays 10am-11:30am
  • Location: West Belconnen Child and Family Centre
Nil
Strong Women's Group

A group for mothers, aunties, grandmothers, cousins and carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, focusing on community connections and providing local women with an opportunity to socialise regularly in activities including art, culture, self-care, health and well-being.

  • Day / Time: Fridays 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • Location: West Belconnen Child and Family Centre
Nil

Gungahlin Child and Family Centre

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Atfaal Muslim Drop-In Playgroup

For Muslim families with children up to five years of age.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 10-11:30am
  • Duration: 30 April - 2 July
  • Location: Gungahlin
Nil

Southside Initiative

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Loose Parts Woden

In collaboration with ACT Playgroups, Woden Community Service and Community Services # 1. A free playgroup based around the concept of "Loose Parts". Open to all families with young children (0-5 years). Come and enjoy a free and fun playgroup with engaging and creative activities for young children.

  • Day / Time: Mondays 9:30-11am
  • Duration: All Term
  • Location: Westfield Woden
Nil
Cost Of Living @Schools

This Term the Southside Initiative has teamed up with Care Finacial and numerous community organisations that support families to roll out Cost Of Living at Richardson Primary School. This event is open to the community. Includes a free BBQ breakfast and a Clockshot coffee van will be onsite. Read more via the link provided.

  • Day / Time: Friday 3 May
  • Duration: 8:30 am - 10am
  • Location: Richardson Primary School
Nil
PERKS. Parenting Workshop #1 - Conflict and Kids

Join our first PERKS 0-8 Parent Workshop at Richardson Primary School. This FREE workshop will be presented by Conflict Resolution Service and is open to all community members to attend. The workshop will share practical tips and advice for parents/carers to help them better respond toward their child's behavior. A light dinner will be provided plus there will be adjunct childcare available. Read more about PERKS 0-8 and register via the link provided.

  • Day / Time: Wednesday 29 May
  • Duration: 5:30-7pm
  • Location: Richardson Primary School
Nil

Capital Region Community Services

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Circle of Security Parenting Program

Circle of Security is an eight-week parenting program designed to enhance attachment and security between parents/carers and children.

  • Day / Time: Wednesday 3:30-5pm
  • Duration: 8 May - 26 June
  • Location: Fraser Primary School
Nil
Circle of Security Parenting Program (Online)

Circle of Security is an eight-week parenting program designed to enhance attachment and security between parents/carers and children.

  • Day / Time: Fridays 3:30-5pm
  • Duration: 10 May - 28 June
  • Location: Online
Nil
Season for Growth

An evidence-based education program for children coping with change, loss and grief. Seasons for Growth is a unique and powerful program that aims to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children dealing with significant life changes such as the death of a loved one, parental separation or divorce, moving or friendship changes.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
  • Duration: 8 Weeks
  • Location: Holt
Nil
Healthy Habits: Play and Learn Group

The Healthy Habits program consists of weekly sessions over eight consecutive weeks and covers a range of topics relevant to enhancing family connection and child development.

  • Day / Time: Fridays 9:30-11:30 am
  • Duration: 10 May - 28 June
  • Location: Holt
Nil
Loose Parts Drop-In Playgroup

Join us for our much-loved playgroup at Westfield Belconnen. A great way to have fun and to have our community come together. No bookings required just drop-in and have fun!

  • Day / Time: Tuesday 9:30-11:30am
  • Duration: 30 April - 2 July
  • Location: Westfield Belconnen (outside Reject Shop)
Nil

Barnardos

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Happy Tummies

This supported playgroup aims to improve healthy eating habits for young children (aged 0-5) by making healthy food fun and enjoyable. Each session includes food based stories, songs and play with hands-on food experience. Starts Thursday 8 May.

  • Day / Time: Thursdays 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Duration: 9 Weeks
  • Location: Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre
Nil
Cook-a-long. Play-a-long!

An 8 week home based nutrition and family support program run by Barnardos Australia's "Nourishing & Flourishing" project.

  • Day / Time: Starts Thursday 9 May
  • Duration: 8 Weeks
  • Location: Your Home
Nil

Uniting Care Kippax

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Circle of Security Parenting Program

At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what their child might need from them. Circle of Security Parenting program is based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. The 7 week program starts Tuesday 7 May.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 10am-12:00pm
  • Duration: 7 Weeks
  • Location: Holt
Nil

Marymead Catholic Care

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Cool Kids Anxiety Therapy Group Program

Cool Kids is a cognitive behavioural therapy group program that assists kids aged 7-12 to develop the tools to manage anxiety. It also helps parents with strategies to support anxious kids.

  • Day / Time: Wed and Thursdays 3:30 - 5pm
  • Duration: 9 Week program
  • Location: Braddon
Nil
Circle of Security COS-P

An eight-week group designed to enhance a parent/carer’s relationship with their children. The group provides parents/carers with a framework to help them better understand their child's needs, by providing insight into what their child’s behaviour might be telling them.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 9:30am-11am
  • Duration: 8 Weeks
  • Location: Narrabundah
Nil
Resilient Mums/Carers

A 4-week group for Mums/Carers hoping to better understand how self-care interacts with their own mental, physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This group is suitable for Mums/carers/grandmothers with children in their full-time care, part-time care, or not in their care.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 10am-12pm
  • Duration: 7 to 28 May
  • Location: Narrabundah
Cost May Apply
Working with Strong Emotions for Women

A 6-week group for women hoping to better understand their strong emotions by learning the origin and purpose of emotions through building self-awareness, and learning mindfulness and other strategies to manage and express how they are feeling.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 10am-12pm
  • Duration: 7 to 28 May
  • Location: Narrabundah
Cost May Apply

Australian Childhood Foundation

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Bringing Up Great Kids - Parenting After Family Violence

A mindful, reflective and respectful parenting program with a focus on building loving and nurturing relationships between parents/carers and their children post family violence. Transport and childcare services available upon request.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm OR 6pm-7:30pm
  • Duration: 7 Weeks
  • Location: Civic & Bruce
Nil
HEARTFELT

The Heartfelt group is a therapeutic experience for children, based on the Foundation's Big Tree Dolls, their stories and the themes within them. For children 5yrs -8yrs old we offer the original Heartfelt Program and for those 9-12yrs old we offer the Heartfelt Story crafters program. A southside or central group will be made available in enough participants.

  • Day / Time: Mondays 3:30-4:45pm
  • Duration: 6 May - 1 July
  • Location: Gungahlin
Nil

Positive Partnerships

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Online Parent / Carer Workshop (Autism)

This online workshop is made up of 4 short sessions spread over 4 days. We encourage you to attend all 4 valuable sessions. It is for parents, full time carers and grandparents. Join other local families to learn more about autism and ways to strengthen the home-school partnership. 4 Sessions.

  • Day / Time: Thursdays 12-1:30pm
  • Duration: 15 Feb - 7 March
  • Location: Online
Nil

envisage

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ENVISAGE Families Program

Are you concerned about your child's development, or are you raising a child with a disability? This FULLY FUNDED program will connect you with other caregivers where you can share your experiences, learn effective strategies and access practical tools for supporting your child and family.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 7:30pm
  • Duration: 5 Week Online Program
  • Location: ONLINE
Fullly Funded

Sanctuary Aus

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Club Mojo - Managing Emotions and Building Self Esteem

Club Mojo helps young people (7-11) to recognise and understand their emotions better and how to deal with their feelings in a safe and healthy way. Young people will explore how they react to their feelings and how they might be able to gain more control for a better result. We use a range of creative and therapeutic techniques.

  • Day / Time: Tuesdays 4pm
  • Duration: Term 2 and Term 4
  • Location: Holder

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