Parenting Programs

CatholicCare provides a range of parenting education programs. Please click on the down arrows on the right for more information about each program.

1-2-3 Magic

This is a 3 week course for parents of 2 – 12 year olds. Learn how to manage behaviour without arguing or shouting. Learn effective methods to stop unwanted behaviours, increase co-operation and enhance your relationship with your children.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Bringing Baby Home

Designed to help new parents prepare for life with baby. Learn how to strengthen your relationship as a couple and how to promote healthy social and emotional development in your child. This is a group program held over two sessions. Both parents must attend the course on both days.

For more information contact our:

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Circle of Security

This 8 week program is suitable for parents of children 0 – 5 years. It will help you udnerstand your child’s behaviour, help your child manage their emotions, develop skills to build a positive relationship with your child and to build their confidence and self-esteem.

This program is run in all of our Family Centres. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

In Safe Hands

Deals with the impact of trauma on children due to exposure to domestic and family violence, what behaviour to look out for at different child behaviour stages and what parents can do to assist their children and help them heal.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Infant Massage

A 6 week course which helps parents understand baby’s development and crying cues. Parents will learn several massage techniques for babies plus yoga and pilates which allow baby and parents to relax together in a safe environment. Groups are small so bookings are essential.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Parental Wellbeing Group

Provides an opportunity to meet other parents in your area and build community relationships. You can share your experiences and ideas and learn about general wellbeing and how to best care for yourself.

For more information contact our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) seminar

Addresses general parenting issues including:

  • Why children behave in certain ways and what they best respond to
  • How to deal decisively and effectively with aggression, non-cooperation and disobedience
  • How to recognise and manage sadness and anxiety
  • How to manage difficulties with separation and mixing with other children

This  seminar is run in all of our Family Centres as well as across our local communities. For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) continuing group program

Builds on the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) seminar detailed above. This group program helps you actually develop and practice the skills.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Seasons of Growth

Everyone experiences loss and change in their lives. It may be through death, separations, divorce, loss of home, job, dreams or lifestyle. This program provides an opportunity for adults to think about and understand their own loss experiences. You’ll be supported through presentations and a reflective group process which provides skills to assist with the journey through grief.

For more information contact our:

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Supported Playgroup

Assists children in exploring and learning, as well as providing a place for parents to socialise and discuss their children’s development with a qualified worker. Playgroups help children improve their social, motor and language skills in a safe, fun environment.

  • Monday group – in partnership with Northcott, a disability specific agency with the support of a speech therapist. The focus is on preparing children to be ready to attend school, and supports the milestone development of all children including babies.
  • Thursday group – a general group for children who have not started school. The group is run by caseworkers who work with children and families. The focus is on supporting babies and children to reach their milestones, and educates parents about development and learning through play.

These groups are based out of Kate’s Place, located alongside our:

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au


Our Central Coast and Naremburn Family Centres also offer supported playgroups. Please reach out for more information.

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Tuning into Kids

Central Coast Family Centre
P: (02) 4356 2600
E: centralcoastfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Children who develop emotional intelligence often do better emotionally and socially and have better health and fewer behavioural difficulties. Learn skills to assist your child in understanding and managing their emotions. Explore how to deal with frustrations and conflict and how to develop good social skills and positive behaviours. This program is based out of all our Family Centres.

For more information contact our:

Tuning into Teens

Understand adolescent development, guide your teen’s increasing independence, learn how to deal with peer pressure and how to create opportunities for connection.

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Wrapped in Angels

Helps children and adults who have experienced trauma and abuse. The group is a unique journey of rediscovery and recovery that explores our lives. It involves creating a blanket – a representation of love, protection, warmth and safety. The blanket is yours to keep.

Cost: $60 per family to cover materials (financial concessions are available).

For more information contact our:

Naremburn Family Centre
P: (02) 8425 8700
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Northern Beaches Centre
P: (02) 8968 5100
E: naremburnfamilycentre@dbb.org.au

Waitara Family Centre
P: (02) 9488 2400
E: waitarafamilycentre@dbb.org.au

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