Parent education

Parenting in Perspective Sessions

In conjunction with your maternal child health visits families are encouraged to attend these additional parenting sessions. Sessions are free of charge to Nillumbik residents. If you live outside the Shire the cost is $15 to be paid in cash at the first session. Bookings are essential and can be made by your maternal child health nurse or online

Our Presenters

Timothy O'Leary is an early childhood specialist based in Melbourne. He is the author of Dads Who Can and Parents Who Can and regularly presents at conferences around parenting and child development. He uses visual images and videos to help parents understand what their baby needs and how they play a major role in shaping their child's development. He is also a father of two school-aged children. Tim has been with the Nillumbik  program since it's inception.

Kellie Edwards is a Psychologist, Mindfulness Teacher and Parenting Educator. Kellie has been working in the well-being field for over 25 years. She has a background in coaching and counselling and is passionate about supporting people to get back into the drivers seat of their health and happiness. She has an online program at Mindfulness4Mothers.com.  Kellie has undertaken additional research to understand the demanding world of motherhood and how mothers can resource themselves for the long haul.

Expecting your first baby?

At this two part information session you will:

  • meet other local expectant parents
  • find out what to expect when you bring your baby home
  • discuss relationship and life style changes, self-care and mindfulness
  • get information on services, programs and support available to Nillumbik families

*Please note there are no further sessions for 2017

Understand Your Baby

Parents of babies between 1-3 months are welcome to come to an information session to hear about:

  • adjusting to your baby’s needs  
  • your baby’s development  
  • reading your baby’s cues  
  • understanding your own needs  
  • self-care  
  • parenting as a couple

Register with your maternal and child health nurse or online on the event page

Why Dads Matter

This session is for dads of babies between 0-5 years:

  • the importance of dads
  • fatherhood as a priority
  • parenting styles
  • work life balance
  • the importance of communication

The supporting mothers session will run on the same night at the same venue.

Register with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or online on the event page

Supporting Mothers

For mothers of new babies between 0-5 years:

  • the link between a mother and her child's well being
  • responsive parenting
  • how to thrive, not just survive
  • the importance of self-care
  • emotion coaching
  • responsive discipline

Register with your maternal and child health nurse or online on the event page

Baby to Toddler

For parents of babies aged between 8 -18 months hear about:

  • your baby’s brain development 
  • understanding your own needs
  • parenting as a couple 
  • preparing for your toddlers changing behaviours
  • feeding, toilet training and discipline

Register with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or online on the event page  

Toddler to Preschool

For parents of children aged between 18 months – 3 years:

  • impulse control and challenging emotions in children  
  • accepting limits and learning rules
  • responsive parenting
  • separation anxiety
  • independence
  • toilet training

Register with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or online on the event page    

Happy Parent, Happy Partner, Happy Children

Parents of children aged 0 - 5 years are welcome to hear about:

  • responsive parenting
  • resilience
  • effective co-parenting
  • resourcing yourself to provide children with what they need

The follow up to this session is the responsive parenting session. Bookings for this session will be made at the same time. 

Register with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or online on the event page

Responsive Parenting

The follow up session from Happy Parent, Happy Partner, Happy Children
At this session, you will hear about:

  • Responsive parenting
  • The link between happiness and responsive parenting
  • Emotion coaching: tuning into your children
  • Responsive discipline

Register with your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or online on the event page

Babies are welcome but due to space constraints prams cannot be brought into the room

For information contact 9433 3368 or email mch@nillumbik.vic.gov.au