Information and resources from Council webinars

If you've attended a family webinar with Waverley Council, please see below for additional information, resources and support that could be useful for you.


Early Years Development: Information for families with children aged 0-5


Presented by the Tumbatin Clinic, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, this session provided an introduction to child development in the early years and how to best support children’s development, what to do if someone raises a concern about your child’s development and what a developmental assessment involves and when to access it. To access the presentation slides from the webinar, please click here.

A resource sheet containing links to further information on child development and child and family services can also be found here. To access a hearing checklist for baby, please click here.

The Journey to Parenthood: Resources for new & expectant parents


Presented by NSW Health Child and Family Health, Randwick (South Eastern Sydney Local Health District) and Waverley Council, this online seminar discussed a range of adjustments that life with a new baby can bring. Here is a selection of resources to assist with the realities of parenting a newborn:

  • Beyond Blue Provides information for new and expectant parents that includes bonding with baby, adjusting to parenthood and spotting signs of anxiety and depression
  • Centre of Perinatal Excellence Offers support for the emotional challenges of becoming a parent and provides specific resources for mother or father/partner
  • Dad's Guide to Pregnancy A comprehensive guide for dads throughout the stages of pregnancy including a couple relationships and adjustments to parenting
  • Focus on Fathers Program
  • SMS 4 Dads Dads can register to receive messages, information and tips specific to their baby’s age
  • Gidget Foundation Emotional support for expectant and new parents and have targeted resources specifically for mums or dads
  • Health Direct – Pregnancy, birth and baby Comprehensive information, health advice and referral information for new and expectant parents
  • Raising Children Network Comprehensive parenting information for all parents that encompasses pregnancy, newborns and the stages of child and adolescent development
  • Sleep Well Baby App developed in consultation with Tresillian. Available free to NSW parents during the COVID period. Education, advice & evidence based tools to assist with new parent concerns such as sleep & settling, feeding and development
  • Resourcing Parents Government website with information on parenting programs and other resources
  • What Were We Thinking! Government funded and supported website for new parents aimed at providing support in the early weeks.  Also has a free App.

For further assistance:

  • NSW Health Child and Family Health Service (SESLHD) - Intake 02 9382 0933

For information, advice and referral

  • Finn Callanan:

Healthy Mouths for Kids 0-5


Good oral health is essential for our general health and wellbeing. Early childhood is the best time for children to learn habits that will last a life time and help them become healthy adults. This online seminar was presented on Tuesday 22 September by NSW Health Oral Health Services for the South East Sydney Health District. The session covered a range of topics including teething, how to encourage children to brush regularly and up to date information on how to support the growth of healthy teeth and gums.

To access the presentation slides, click here.

For further information and tips on oral health care for children and families:

For dental services information, please see below:

Starting School Forum


In collaboration with Woollahra Municipal Council and local schools, Waverley Council hosted the Starting School Forum on Thursday 4 June 2020 which provided parents and carers with practical information and strategies to assist with their child's transition to kindergarten.

Education expert, Rod Soper, led the forum. Soper has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of education leadership and design, having worked as a school principal and early childhood educator. He has led numerous research projects and published papers and books on subjects related to education, teaching practice, learning design, transition to school, leadership and organisational change. He is the Co-founder and Director of Education for Thinkers.

If you didn't get a chance to watch the forum live, you haven't missed out! The forum was recorded and can be viewed below.

To access resources for school enrolment information and links to useful resources for further research, please click here.

Towards New Normal: Strategies for managing change for families


What is change? Why do people resist change? How can we best navigate change in our self care and parenting?

COVID-19 has certainly thrown us into change - some of us now behave and live our lives very differently. We have to become more self-aware and more conscious of our everyday environments and habits, and we may be dealing with precarious employment. We may also notice feelings of stress, exhaustion and frustration, and/or experience sleep disruption, relationship conflict and low mood.

Finn Callanan is a qualified and experienced Mental Health Social Worker and Family Support Worker. On Tuesday 9 June 2020, Callanan led an exploration of the change process in an online seminar providing insight into the different behaviour zones that we use to find our way and adapt to change. The seminar also provided practical strategies for reducing stress, worry and fear, self soothing, maintaining healthy relationships and helping children emotionally regulate.

To access the presentation slides from the seminar, please click here. For further information, resources and support, check out our advice lines and referral document.

Survey for families

To help ensure Waverley Council continues to deliver information sessions that of value to families, please complete this quick survey to help inform our future programs.

Need more information?

Nicole Fairley, Community Development Officer - Children, Families & Young People

9083 8936