Support for parents
We run a huge array of programs to help the families of Darebin to get the best start possible.
Parent education groups
We run a range of parent education groups during school terms. These services offers support, education and the opportunity for you to meet other parents.
Group sessions are free and available to Darebin residents.
Parent-child Mother Goose program
A highly regarded early years program for parents and carers and children aged 0—4 years. The program is aimed at promoting healthy development in young children and positive family relationships. Facilitators will deliver the weekly sessions with families, including fun activities such as rhymes, songs, simple action games and oral story telling. Eligibility criteria applies.
Families who can apply
- Families living in Darebin with children aged 0—4 years and have a child with a delay in speech development
- Families with someone in the family with a Health Care Card (or equivalent concession status)
When and where
Weekly sessions Wednesdays 10am—11.30am or Thursdays 10am—11.30am during school terms at Ruthven Community Room, Ruthven Reserve, Corner of Albert and Malpas Streets, Preston
For more information, download the Parent-Child Mother Goose program flyer.
You can register to join the program by emailing the early years team.
In your email, please include your name, mobile number, child’s name, child’s date of birth and how many adults and children will be attending the session.
Brush Book Bed
An interactive dental hygiene program for families with young children. The program will help you teach your children to brush their teeth and practice good dental hygiene. Sessions include songs and play-based learning strategies.
You can take part with your children in the session.
For more information, download the Brush Book Bed information sheet.
Brush Book Bed sessions
|Tuesday 29 November 2022, 10am—11.30am||Keon Park Children's Hub, Reservoir|
You can register to join the program by emailing us.
In your email, please include your name, mobile number, child’s name, child’s date of birth and how many adults/children will be attending the session.
Play activities list
A list of fun family activities to engage with your children.
Family Services can provide short and long term support to families experiencing complex issues such as family violence, mental health, substance abuse that can affect their children's safety, stability and healthy development. Our services include intake and duty work, information and referral, in home parenting support and advice, case management, linkages and advocacy and groupwork (see list below for programs offered).
Circle of security group
If you have children aged 0-8 years, this program will help you understand your child's emotional needs. It can strengthen your relationship with your child and help you respond to their needs.
Parenting after violence group
A group for women dealing with the effects of family violence.
Tuning into kids
A program that supports parents of primary school aged children (5—11 years). Learn how to understand and manage their emotions.
Tuning into teens
A program that supports parents of children aged 10—18 years. Learn how to understand and manage their emotions.
Orange door (in north-eastern Melbourne)
A centralised telephone intake service that gives children and their families information and referrals.
Phone: 1800 319 355
Single-parent families include families where there may be only a mother or a father, or even a grandparent raising children. These families have additional stress involved with raising children, managing a household, working and keeping ahead of household bills.
We have a range of services to help you:
- Supported playgroups and play maps
- Free exercise - Get Active in Darebin and Darebin Leisure Centres
- School holiday program
- Youth programs
- Families with disabilities (NDIS)
- Emergency relief
- Family Services
If you're a single-parent family and you're eligible for a Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, you're also eligible for discounts on:
- municipal rates
- pet registration
- green waste collection
- kindergarten and child care application lodgement fees.
- toy library joining fees.
Government grants are also available for eligible residents experiencing financial hardship. Grants can help you pay any electricity, gas or water bills that are overdue due to a temporary financial crisis. The Brotherhood of St Laurence and Victorian Government can help you find and switch to cheaper energy companies.
For more information, download the:
- Utility Relief Grant information sheet
- Your Energy Broker information sheet
- Centrelink Concession information sheet
Our Maternal and Child Health team can help if you need resources for your baby or toddler.
For more information, talk to your Maternal and Child Health Nurse or call 03 8470 8298.
Darebin Community Portal
The Darebin Community Portal is a directory of services in Darebin and surrounding areas. It lists organisations that provide:
- emergency relief
- women's and men's services
- childcare options
- housing support
- legal advice.
Contact Darebin Family Services between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
For more information, download our Family Support Services brochure