Information & resources for families
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.
On Wednesday 12 May 2021, former Dolly Doctor, Dr Melissa Kang, led a seminar for parents and carers about respectful relationships for young people. Dr Kang is a specialist in adolescent medicine and youth health. She also recently co-authored with Yumi Stynes the book Welcome to Consent - A Guide to Navigating Consent for Tweens and Teens.
During the seminar, Dr Kang appeared in conversation with psychotherapist Wendy Pettifer, where they discussed the practical and effective strategies parents and carers can follow to support young people's understanding of consent and how best to discuss healthy and respectful relationships with them.
An audio recording of the session is available here. Please note, the session includes references to research about adolescent sexual relationships, intimate behaviour and consent.
If you didn't get a chance to attend the Starting School Forum led by early education expert, Rod Soper, on Tuesday 27 April, you haven't missed out! This webpage will provide parents and carers with practical information, strategies and resources to assist with their child's transition to kindergarten in 2022.
Rod 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.
Please see below for the video recording of the webinar.
To access resources related to school enrolment as well as links to other useful information and research, please click here.
The Starting School Forum is brought to the community in collaboration with Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council and local schools.
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.
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: Finn.Callanan@waverley.nsw.gov.au
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:
- Raising Children's Network: Dental care for babies
- Raising Children's Network: Dental care for toddlers
- Hand in Hand Parenting:10 games for kids that won't brush their teeth
- The Wiggles' Tooth Brushing Song
- Australian Dental Association
For dental services information, please see below:
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.
Presented by Lighthouse Speech Pathology Centre, this seminar provided an understanding of speech and communication development and practical tips to encourage children’s communication through play, with a focus on how to support children learning two or more languages.
- Resource sheet containing links to further information on speech and communication development.
- Speech Pathology Australia Communication Milestones poster charting children 0 – 5.
- Bilingual language development fact sheet.
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Need more information?
Nicole Fairley, Community Development Officer - Children, Families & Young People