Parent Education & Support
We aim to give children and parents the best possible start
At Drummoyne Community Centre we provide support to children, parents & families. Our programs and courses for parents are all evidence-based. This means you can rely on the information and support we give because it works! We understand that the first two years set the bonding and connection for later life, we so offer many programs that will support your baby’s health and growth in those early stages of development.
We also deliver workshops suitable for parents with older children 3-18yrs
Many of our courses are delivered by ‘baby guru’ Dympna Kennedy of Creating Balance https://creatingbalance.com.au/
Dympna comes highly qualified and experienced as an early childhood educator, baby massage, and baby yoga trainer & practitioner. She is a sought-after public speaker and author of several books…. and a local parent of two!
You will love the simple yet very effective strategies that will empower you as a parent, giving you a unique insight into how children develop, learn and think.
What people are saying about us
I learned so much about how to connect with my baby and the richness that having an attachment approach to parenting can bring. It has helped me feel empowered and equipped with a framework and many tools to feel confident that I can be the bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind parent my child needs at every stage of her development”. Mum, Circle of Security course.
“Life changing! This course could save you thousands in therapy, and more importantly, provide insight and understanding into your child’s struggle with anxiety, and give you the tools and strategies and confidence to help your child overcome it” Mum, Fearless Parenting workshop.
“It was a mind-blowing workshop which I did not expect! It was so educational and helpful. I have learned so much, thank you! I have already recommended these courses to my mum’s group and my friends!” Mum, Brain Development in Children workshop.
“The exceptional facilitator created a safe and special environment for bonding and friendships to form. It was practical and relaxing at the same time… a beautiful course highly recommended for any parent and baby.” Mum, Baby Yoga Course.
At a Glance
Workshops and Courses that help you to be the best parenting team ever!
Infant Massage is about connection, communication, and bonding. Parents master the skill of reading their baby’s body language, facial expressions, and subtle cues. Learn the strokes that help to relax and settle the baby. Relieve discomfort and pain associated with tummy wind, constipation, and teething.
Getting to know your baby is a 3-hour workshop, delivered on a Saturday morning, for expecting, new or existing fathers. Dads learn about baby cues and settling techniques and how to calm and bond with baby through daily activities and infant massage.
Helps with settling and sleep, strengthens the physical body, improves digestion, decreases reflux, and stimulates the senses. It also assists with the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system. It provides new opportunities for parent and baby connection and bonding while supporting the physical and emotional needs of both.
Language, Learning & Play
Language, Learning & Play explores how to make connections through language, learning, and play. We begin with ‘Helping your baby understand’, and this needs to happen first before your baby can talk. You will gain an insight into what helps your baby make sense of language and although your baby’s first word may not be until 12 months old, the preparation begins much earlier.
Preparing for the Toddler Years
Preparing for the Toddler Years is designed to help parents and carers support their children to manage their big feelings. This course gives insight into why ‘big feelings’ happen, how they are expressed, and the best responses to manage, minimise and prevent them from negatively impacting all other areas of family life.
The Circle of Security
The Circle of Security model is a ‘map’ for parents and caregivers on how to navigate parenting while juggling other demands in life. Based on fifty years of research, this program demonstrates that children with secure attachments have more confidence, compassion, resilience, and endurance. Build a secure base and strong relationship with your child.
We offer workshops throughout the year on a range of subjects important to families.