Communities for Children Bendigo supports the delivery of a range of programs that focus on building parents skills, confidence and connection. We know that children are more likely to lead happy and healthy lives if their parents/carers are confident and competent. Parenting can be tough, especially for parents experiencing vulnerability. While all of Communities for Children Bendigo’s projects support parenting skills and confidence, the direct service projects are where this outcome is most clearly evident. The Communities for Children Bendigo’s direct service projects aim to provide welcoming and supportive programs that meet families where they are in their parenting experience. Current programmes include:
- Off To An Early Start
- Parent Child Mother Goose
- Supported Playgroup Project
While each of these programs provide a different focus on parenting support all share the underlying principles of education, responsiveness and capacity building. These programs work closely with universal services such as Maternal Child Health Services, early years education services (childcare and kindergartens), mainstream playgroups, and tertiary services such as Early Childhood Intervention Services & Family Services to enhance parents skills, knowledge and parenting confidence.
For further information on these projects please see our specific project pages.