Parenting Information and Resources
Becoming a new parent is one of the most important, demanding and challenging things you will ever do. It is also the most rewarding. Parents grow into their role, and should not expect to be perfect and have all the answers all the time. Playgroups, mothers groups and children’s activity groups are all great ways to connect with other parents, make friends and share parenting tips. To find a playgroup near you in Brisbane or Logan visit the Playgroups in Brisbane website.
Playing with your children
Your child is unique and they will develop in their own way and in their own time. In the early years of child development, your child’s main way of learning and developing is through play – exploring, observing and experimenting. Time spent playing with your child sends a simple message – you are important to me.
Grow and Learn Together developed by Raising Children Network takes you through key child development stages on video, with fun play ideas to boost your child’s learning at every age.
Reading to your children
Reading aloud and sharing stories with your child is a great way to spend time together. Reading and storytelling also helps promote language, literacy and brain development. Let’s Read is a national, evidence-based early literacy initiative that promotes reading with children from birth to five years. To find out more visit their website.
Reading isn’t the only way to create a home environment that’s rich in language and literacy experiences. Telling stories and singing songs also help your child develop early literacy skills and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Free online parenting resources for families and early childhood educators
Dr Kaylene Henderson is a medically trained child health specialist. She is passionate about making research-based information on parenting and early childhood development more accessible to everyone. She offers free online parenting courses and tip sheets on her website.
These helpful resources have been specifically developed for parents of young children and early childhood professionals.
The Raising Children Network supported by the Australian Government is the complete Australian resource for parenting newborns to teens. On this website parents can learn and access tools, support and resources as their children grow and develop.
For more helpful information and free parenting resources visit the recommended websites listed below.
- Bringing Up Great Kids
- Child Development milestones
- Healthy Kids
- Kids Matter
- Raising Children Network
Fun things to do with kids
- Brisbane Kids – the official guide to a child friendly Brisbane
- Weekend Notes – Kids activities and events in Brisbane
- Kids playgrounds in Brisbane
- Clever patch – fun and creative activities for kids
Free online educational games