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early matters

Our early matters programs promote and support healthy, safe, family relationships through free parenting groups and a family support service. 

We know there are times family relationships can get stuck. This often happens at big life stages such as:

  • having a baby
  • children starting kindergarten, or primary or high school
  • separation or divorce
  • becoming a stepfamily
  • the death of a family member.

For all these adjustments, it’s important to get support and talk things through early.

Our early matters programs are designed to enhance your parenting skills and promote child wellbeing and healthy, safe family relationships.

 

Who is this service for?

We are funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide early matters programs to families in Ballarat, and specific areas of Sunshine (Delahey and Kings Park).

 

How we can help

Parenting groups

Our free programs can help you to learn about emotional intelligence and build strong relationships with your children.

Emotional intelligence can help children, young people and adults to build resilience and cope better with life’s ups and downs. It can also help to reduce mental health difficulties and improve relationships, including between children and parents.

We run a range of face-to-face group programs in universal services. These include kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, maternal and child health services, and play groups. We also provide some programs online.

Tuning in to Kids®

  • Learn how to understand your child’s emotions and guide their behaviour with appropriate limits.
  • 6 sessions
  • For parents/carers of children aged 3 to 10
  • Available in English and Vietnamese

Tuning in to Teens

  • Improve how you communicate and manage conflict with your young person.
  • 6 sessions
  • For parents/carers of tweens and teenagers aged between 10 and 16

Circle of Security Parenting

  • Learn how to recognise and understand your child’s emotional needs.
  • 8 sessions
  • For parents/carers of children who are newborn up to age 6

 

View and register for upcoming programs by clicking on the tiles below.

Child parenting courses
Online Only
Wednesday mornings from 17 July 2024
Circle of Security Parenting™ Program (Ballarat/ Sunshine) - early matters
Our free, 8-week program for parents/carers in the Ballarat and Sunshine areas can help support and strengthen secure parent-child relationships.
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Child parenting courses
Online Only
Thursday evenings from 25 July 2024
Circle of Security Parenting™ Program (Ballarat/ Sunshine) - early matters
Our free, 8-week program for parents/carers in the Ballarat and Sunshine areas can help support and strengthen secure parent-child relationships.
Read more
Child parenting courses
Online Only
Monday mornings from 29 July 2024
Tuning in to Kids® (Ballarat/ Sunshine) - early matters
Our free, 6-week program for parents/carers in the Ballarat and Sunshine areas can help you to support your child's emotional intelligence and conflict management skills.
Read more
Child parenting courses
Online Only
Monday evenings from 29 July 2024
Tuning in to Teens™ (Ballarat/ Sunshine) - early matters
Our free, 6-week program for parents/carers in Ballarat and Sunshine can help you to support your teen's emotional intelligence and conflict management skills.
Read more
Child parenting courses
Online & in Person
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Tuning in to Kids® for Vietnamese Parents - early matters
Our free 6-week program can help you as a parent to support the development of your child’s emotional intelligence and learn to manage conflict.
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View all our child and parenting courses

Family support

We offer short-term support, in the home or online, to help with parenting challenges you’re facing.

Our service:

  • promotes the healthy development of children across a range of health and wellbeing domains.
  • promotes parenting practices that enhance healthy and safe family relationships.
  • works to support families to reduce the likelihood that they will require tertiary service interventions, such as the involvement of child protection.
  • utilises a strengths-based, family-centred approach to support families with what they feel is important for them.

 

Getting started

You don’t need a referral for our services and we encourage you to get in touch with us using the contact details below.

When we first meet with you, we’ll ask some questions about you and your family.

This helps us to make sure that early matters is the best option for you at this time. If early matters isn’t appropriate for you, we can provide referrals to other services that might be helpful.


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