Parenting support

As a parent, you have the biggest influence on your child's wellbeing and development from the time they are born.

The Department funds a range of services and supports to assist you in your role.

Supported Playgroups provide education and support to parents of children aged 0-18 years. The groups help you to build the confidence to support your child's development. You learn parenting essentials that can help your child thrive.

How you can participate in groups

To be enrolled in a Supported Playgroup, families must meet at least one of the following:

  • a family member in the household holds a Health Care Card or equivalent
  • families in which a family member identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • families looking after children in kinship care arrangements (out of home care)
  • families referred from Child FIRST/Child Protection
  • families referred from or participating in Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Services.

Further information on the LaTrobe Valley programs

  • Supported playgroups

    Playgroups meet weekly.

    You meet with other parents and find out about local services and support networks in your community.

    A qualified facilitator leads these fun, casual sessions.

    The playgroups highlight parent-child interactions that help children reach their potential.

    Examples of quality parent-child interactions are:

    • interacting in a warm and gentle manner
    • 'tuning-in' to children by giving them your full attention
    • attending to whatever children show an interest in
    • listening and talking to children more
    • using teachable moments when they arise
    • shared reading.
  • Regional Parenting services

    You can join group sessions or have individual counselling.

    Services also support families who experience more complex parenting challenges.

    Who do I contact?

    Contact a program close to where you live:

    Region Service Address Phone
    Barwon South Western Regional Parenting Service - City of Greater Geelong  none none
    Eastern metropolitan Parentzone - Anglicare Eastern none none
    Gippsland Parentzone - Anglicare Gippsland none none
    Grampians Centacare - Ballarat none none
    Hume  Upper Hume Community Health Service 10-12 Stanley Street, Wodonga 3690. Phone: (02) 6022 8844
    Hume  Goulburn Valley Community Health Service 272 Maude Street,  Shepparton 3630. Phone: 5831 7433
    Loddon Mallee CatholicCare Sandhurst (CCS) 176-178 McCrae Street, Bendigo 3550 Phone: 5438 1300
    Northern metropolitan Anglicare Victoria 239 Murray Road Preston 3072. Phone: 0458 550 071
    Southern metropolitan Parentzone at Anglicare Victoria Level 1 66-68 Main Street,  Pakenham 3810 Phone: 5945 2000
    Western metropolitan MacKillop Family Services 118 Commercial Road Footscray 3011 Phone: 9680 8444