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. 

Timetable – Term 1, 2024

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 (COS) – 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 6 weeks – 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.
  • Connected Beginnings – Connected Beginnings Community Engagement Team aims to provide outreach and help support greater school attendance, health and cultural safety issues so our kids are safe, healthy and ready to thrive by the age of five.

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

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a fun, free, home-based early learning and parenting program. HIPPY is designed to fit into the daily life of your family, with a wholistic, flexible, inclusive and supportive approach. HIPPY families spend around 10 to 15 minutes each weekday, doing educational activities together that are all provided through activity packs, storybooks and other materials with the support of the trained HIPPY tutors and coordinator.

HIPPY is an effective way to support early-childhood learning in the home – delivering great outcomes for children, parents and the community. It works with families with young children in the pre-school years turning 3 on or before 30th June 2024. HIPPY welcomes mums, dads, grandparents and carers as we help support and empower you as your child’s first teachers, strengthening your connections to the local community, expand your networks and knowledge around local resources.

The HIPPY curriculum is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian Curriculum and is informed by contemporary learning approaches which helps prepare your child for a successful transition to school.

HIPPY is offered from Gordonvale to Northern Beaches.

(The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.)