Childs story

We meet all our friends and there was lots of talking and eating. I am happy there.

Parents story

It was great being part of a small group I met other mothers in the same boat as myself, I enjoy the opportunity to socialise and learn about parenting in the group and the when staff visit me at home I have the opportunity to discuss any problems I am having and show how I managed my day. I love using the video to see what my baby does I learnt about baby cues, their "secret language" and I can see it on the video. I feel like I can understand what my baby is saying.

Staff story

It's exciting to be part of a newly developed program that offers support over a longer period of time. Working as a team provides support for the staff and a range of experiences and a more comprehensive support for families.

About Program

This program commenced in 2012, at about the same time as the Cradle to Kinder program. It was designed to offer an intensive service for vulnerable mothers who did not meet the selection criteria for the Cradle to Kinder program.


The service is for mothers who are pregnant or have a new baby up to 4 weeks old. A maternal and child health nurse, and two early-parenting practitioners, support the family throughout the 12-month program with a combination of home visits and group sessions. The program is essentially a combination of the Parenting Plus and Playsteps Programs, together with video analysis, which forms the support structure offered to the family.


The goals of the program are to provide education, coaching, and support with particular attention to enhancing the parent/child attachment, keeping the child safe and meeting physical and developmental milestones. Families are also encouraged to develop links with their local community and services.

What to expect

Program is a 12 month program. Staff will visit you in your home regularly to assist with any parenting concerns you may have, such as what can babies do and what do they need. A group is run fortnightly providing an opportunity to get to know what your baby can do and to meet other mums and babies in the area.


The program consists of 10 Families that are referred antenatally and up till baby is 6 weeks old. There is no parental age limit and the focus is on parenting skills and enhancing attachment. keeping your baby safe in the home, making photo books and having fun with your baby.

What To Bring

• pram
• change mats
• nappy bag and wipes,( nappies need to be taken home)
• feeding equip
• favourite toys

Tea, coffee and light snack provided

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring a friend?


Can I bring toddler/ older children?


Is Department of Human Services (DHS) involved?


Who visits me?
Maternal Child & Health Nurse and an Early Parenting Practitioner.


Can you provide transport?


What age do babies play from?


Can you help me with child care/ housing?