Children and Family Centre

The Children and Family Centre service is located at the Mangrove building at our Manoora facility.

The Centre provides integrated services for early childhood education and care, family and parenting support and child and maternal health. 

Children and Family Centre programs include:

  • Individual Family Support for Families - The Children and Family Centre offers family support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander mums, dads and kids. Our skilled support team is made up of family support workers, early childhood educators and a child health worker who work alongside families through one-on-one home visiting, family support, parenting strategies, school advocacy, linking in with community agencies and the wider Wuchopperen community.
  • Playgroup - Playgroup supports families to come together to play, learn, interact and grow with each other, and to meet other families in a fun, safe and relaxed environment.
  • Come Yarn and Craft - A warm welcoming environment for mothers and fathers to do art and craft activities and have a yarn with other parents.
  • Circle of Security - A relationship-based parenting program to help parents understand their child's emotional world and strengthen skills in observing and connecting with their child.
  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) - This program aims to help mothers, fathers, family members and carers to understand behavioural and emotional problems in children and how we can help our children to grow emotionally, teach them right from wrong, help them to develop respect, and have strong family relationships.
  • Read and Play – A pre-kindergarten program that focuses on supporting parents and encourages early learning with children by delivery of resources and activities for parents to use in their own homes.
  • Infant Massage - Infant Massage is a 5-week program for families with children aged 0-12 months old. It is about strengthening the relationship between parent and baby and promoting nurturing, touch and communication. Infant Massage helps with healthy growth and development of baby’s body, mind and spirit.
  • Kindy Connect – A program that provides activities and routines to support children to be ready for Kindergarten. 

Bookings for all programs and playgroups are required so please contact us.

Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) 

The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visiting program based on the US Nurse-Family Partnership. The program empowers and informs first-time Indigenous mums or mums whose partner is Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and supports them to reach their personal goals and grow strong, healthy families.

The ANFPP is a voluntary program designed to support the mother having their first baby from pregnancy up until the child is two years of age, with regular home visits from a Nurse Home Visitor (NHV) and an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Family Partnership Worker (FPW). This relationship-based program incorporates five client centered principles:  

· Follow your heart’s desire  

· You are the expert in your life  

· Focus on strengths  

· Focus on solutions  

· Only a small change is necessary.

Wuchopperen’s ANFPP program: First Time Mum’s

Known locally as the First Time Mum’s Program its aim to improve pregnancy outcomes and child health and development by supporting women to make good health choices and empowering mothers to be the best parent possible. The program also helps parents develop a vision for their own future by planning for future pregnancies and/or continuing their education and finding work. 

HIPPY - Home interaction program for parents & youngsters

HIPPY is a two-year, home based, early learning and parenting program, aimed at helping parents to become their child’s first teacher, while educating children to become more prepared for their first years of formal schooling.

The program delivers across four key areas: 

o   Children: HIPPY supports children from disadvantaged communities to be school-ready, improving their skills in key areas including literacy, numeracy, and abstract learning 

o   Families: HIPPY builds parents’ skills and confidence in their role as their child’s first teacher, allowing them to drive early learning at home 

o   Training and Employment: HIPPY improves parents’ confidence and job-readiness through our Tutor program which trains and employs HIPPY parents as Tutors 

o   Community: HIPPY builds families’ connections to local community networks and expands their knowledge of local resources and support services. 

Home Interaction for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) which helps get kids school-ready (The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.)