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Parenting information sessions

Parent info sessions

Council organises parenting information sessions for parents, grandparents and carers in Maroondah to support families in their parenting journeys with children and young people.

 How to book

Details for the 2020 program will be released early in the year.  The sessions are usually provided free of charge or low cost.  Bookings are essential as there are limited places available for each session. 

Past sessions

 The sessions offered in 2019 included:

Thriving families

For many families, home is far from a haven from the rush of life. Many are ‘parenting to survive’, rather than to make their household thrive.

Join Paediatric Occupational Therapist, Hannah Gamble to explore:

  • the key ingredients of effective parenting and the healthy habits to support your family to thrive
  • how our own experience of being parented can shape the style of parenting we adopt.
  • how to create a positive family culture at home and how to parent from your value systems.

Presented by: Hannah Gamble
Date: Tuesday 5 March

Kinder expo

Do you have a 2 or 3 year old and want to know when you should enrol them for kinder? Then come to the Maroondah Kinder Expo to find out more.

Then at 7pm Early Childhood consultant, Louise Dorrat will present an information session to parents about how to support their child during the kinder years, what to expect at kinder, and the child’s social and emotional maturity. Louise will include practical strategies to prepare for a smooth and positive transition to kinder.

Presented by: Louise Dorrat
Date: Wednesday 13 March

Strength based parenting

Lea’s presentation, based on her book The Strength Switch: How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish helps parents steer themselves away from negativity and criticism by offering a scientifically proven strength-based approach to parenting.  She shares positive psychology tips parents can use to cultivate their child’s inherent strengths. Parents leave motivated to make changes immediately after Lea shares how this small shift in approach can help their children build resilience, optimism and achievement.

Presented by: Lea Waters
Date: Tuesday 7 May

Social stories and behaviour scripts

Join Speech Pathologist Frances Brennan, to learn about the benefits of using social stories to teach particular social skills, such as identifying important cues in a given situation; taking another's point of view; understanding rules, routines, situations, upcoming events or abstract concepts; and understanding expectations.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • What a social story is
  • How to write your own social stories
  • How to introduce new concepts using social stories

This presentation would benefit parents and individuals who work with people with an intellectual disability or on the autism spectrum.

Presented by: Frances Brennan
Date: Tuesday 28 May

Body safety - Powerful tips for keeping our children safe

Join leading expert and international best-selling author of My Underpants Rule Kate Power for an evening that may be the most important of your child’s life.

A mother of three and former police officer, Kate has dedicated herself to making the world safer for the next generations by offering practical solutions for busy, everyday parents, carers and educators.

Presented by: Kate Power
Date: Tuesday 3 September

Talking with children and young people about drugs and alcohol

This parent information session invites young people to come along with their parents as we share developmentally-appropriate, factual information about prevention, harm reduction and safe choices, including:

  • up to date information about drugs
  • how to respond if you have concerns about your young person
  • how to communicate effectively with young people about drugs and alcohol
  • when and where to seek advice and support if you are concerned.

Presented by: Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)
Date: Tuesday 17 September

The Cyber Safety Project family event

Building a positive and healthy family environment where digital use is encouraged but managed effectively can be a tough balance. Join Sam and Trent from the Cyber Safety Project to hear how learning safe practices and strategies for maintaining a positive digital reputation starts in the home.

This session provides parents and families with insights and important information about popular social networking and online gaming platforms for young people today. 

  • Learn about Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat and how to use their privacy settings
  • Uncover mobile apps and games that can be potentially harmful
  • Discuss strategies to manage digital wellbeing for children at home


Presented by: Cybersafety Project
Date: Tuesday 29 October


The sessions offered in 2018 included:

Communication in under 5s

This workshop will give early childhood educators and parents practical teaching ideas and tools to support children under the age of 5 years on the autism spectrum who have limited verbal skills.

This workshop will include the following:

  • Communication difficulties in young children with ASD
  • Developing shared attention and requesting
  • Creating opportunities for communication
  • Strategies for the Early Childhood setting and the home

Presented by: Rebecca Van Dyk
Suitable for: Parents, carers and educators of children aged 0-5years old
Date: 19 March 2018

The impact of video games on children and young people

The online world offers both opportunities and risks to children and young people. So what are the parenting strategies that simultaneously optimize the online opportunities for children while minimizing online risks?

Join Steven Dupon, Founder of the Institute of Games and for a discussion on how to keep our children safe and healthy in a world that is rapidly changing.

Expect to learn more about

  • Parenting strategies to balance screen time in the family home.
  • When to seek professional help
  • Violence and other inappropriate content for children
  • Online gambling in online worlds
  • How to create positive gaming experiences

Presented by: Steven Dupon
Suitable for: Parents, grandparents, carers, teachers, educators
Date: 24 May 2018

Body safety

Body safety education (protective behaviours) is whole community education to protect children from sexual abuse. This workshop supports the respectful relationships curriculum and will help communities become Child Safe Standards compliant.

Comprehensive body safety education empowers adults to champion children’s rights, while teaching children relationship skills that will benefit them for life.

Teaching children body safety skills is the same as teaching them about healthy eating. While they are small you are making all their food choices for them, but as they grow you want them to have the skills to understand about nutrition. The earlier you start, the more confident they will be.

This workshop will cover:

  • Childhood sexual abuse; the risk, myths and misconceptions
  • Ten key areas of body safety including consent, assertive communication and identifying trusted adults
  • Identifying grooming behaviours
  • Age appropriate play
  • Digital technology, grooming and abuse prevention
  • Practical body safety strategies to teach children
  • Supporting the at-risk child including self-care

This workshop is interactive and each attendee will receive a booklet of information and activities.

Body Safety Australia has also developed age-appropriate books and activities that will be available for purchase alongside carefully curated picture books that support body safety education.

Presented by: Deanne Carson (Body Safety Australia)
Suitable for: Parents, grandparents, carers, educators and teachers
Date: 26 June 2018

Choosing a kinder or school for a child on the spectrum

Choosing an early childhood program or school that is inclusive, embraces Autism and has quality processes and practices is important. Do you feel overwhelmed and want to know some great ideas to help you decide the best option for your child?

In this workshop, you will learn about what you can look for and ask when choosing an Early Childhood Service or School, as well as hear practical examples of what an embracing and inclusive school could look like or include. You will also be equipped with self care strategies to support yourself through transition periods.

Presented by: Kate Johnson (Spectrum Journeys Inc)
Suitable for: Parents and carers
Date: 19 July 2018

Guiding children’s behaviour and building resilience

Do you wonder why your child behaves the way they do and are you confused as to what to do about it? How do you get the balance right between protecting children from possible harm without wrapping them up in the proverbial ‘cotton wool’?

This session will discuss possible triggers for challenging behaviours and how to support children in building their resilience.

  • Identify what triggers children’s behaviour
  • A 7 step plan to support your children and to encourage cooperative behaviour
  • The importance of play in children’s learning
  • Strategies to build resilience in children

Presented by: Louise Dorrat
Suitable for: Parents, grandparents, carers, educators and teachers of children aged 0 to 8 years old
Date: 24 July 2018



Sessions are usually held at:

  • Karralyka
    Mines Road,
    Ringwood East, 3135

Further information

For more details on Council’s parent information sessions, please contact Cathie Wills on 9294 5740 or email

Join our mailing list for parents

If you would like to receive information on upcoming parenting sessions and other family events in Maroondah, you can join our Parent mailing list. Contact the Maroondah City Council Children’s Services Team on 9294 5740 or email You can see how we keep your information private here

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