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Free Parenting Courses in Perth

by Shannon Meyerkort (follow)
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October 2016

Becoming a parent doesn’t mean you are handed a guidebook and a sudden PhD in Understanding Kids 101. Parenting is hard and sometimes we all need a little bit of help – whether it is trying to get our new baby to sleep, stopping our two year old’s tantrums or dealing with self-esteem issues of our teenagers.

Luckily in Perth, we have a number of not-for-profit and Government agencies dedicated to helping parents. Below is a list of organisations who offer free parenting courses and classes as well as a sample of the programs they offer and how to find them.



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Ngala
Ngala is a highly regarded, non-profit organisation dedicated to helping families with babies and young children (0-6 years).

They offer a number of programs designed to help with a range of issues including:
• Sleep and settling
• Nutrition and eating issues
• Behaviour issues
• Toileting
• Workshops just for dads
• FIFO families
• Transitioning to a big bed
• Managing a baby and a toddler

All of Ngala’s parenting workshops are free, and they are offered regularly and in a number of different locations including Butler, Kensington, Noranda and Belmont. The courses are popular and need to be booked in advance.

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.



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CLAN
CLAN (Community Link and Network) works with Perth families to build resilience and offers support to parents who are looking for help with relationships, parenting and other issues. Their courses are more focussed on older children and teenagers.

They offer a range of programs including:
• Understanding anxiety and depression in youth
• Kids and anxiety
• Setting boundaries
• Mental health first aid
• Managing sibling rivalry
• Four cornerstones of positive parenting

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.



Parenting WA
Parenting WA is a free information, support and referral service for families with children aged from pre-birth to 18 years, and offer workshops as well as a telephone service and free parenting library.

They offer a range of free programs including:
• Triple P (building strong, healthy relationships)
• Circle of Security Parenting (how to raise awareness of children’s emotional needs)
• Protective Behaviours (promoting resilience, empowerment and awareness of 'safe' behaviours)
• 123 Magic (teaching parents to manage their child’s difficult behaviour using an easy signalling system)
• Tuning into Kids (teaching parents how to recognise, understand and respond to their child’s emotions)
• Tuning into Teens (for parents with teenaged children)

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.



Better Health Program
The Better Health Program is a new government initiative to help children aged seven to 13 whose BMI puts them above a healthy weight to adopt long-lasting health lifestyles. Operating for ten weeks (during school terms), the programs teaches kids and their families a number of skills including healthy eating habits, fitness, self-esteem, teamwork and overall health.

The locations of the programs depend on local demand and the two hour program (twice a week for ten weeks) includes an hour of interactive discussions and activities about nutrition and healthy choices and an hour of physical activities and games. While the kids are playing games, the parents/carers have a group discussion about topics relevant to parents.

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.

The Bump WA
While most courses and workshops offered by The Bump do have a cost attached to them, they offer a special two hour free course titled Choices in Childbirth. The Bump WA is a government funded, not-for-profit organisation that offers pregnancy classes, lactation advice and post-natal support.

The Choices in Childbirth course is to help parents-to-be understand their options such as where to have your baby, what sort of birth experience do you want and what the pros and cons of different care options. As they say: "If you don't know your options, you don't have any."

To find out more or book a workshop, please click here.

Published October 2016

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