As a parent, it’s natural to sometimes feel overwhelmed or unsure about how best to support your child’s growth and development. Fortunately, there are some excellent support services available in the Sutherland Shire that can help make your parenting journey a little easier. From playgroups to childcare options, there’s something for every family’s needs. In this guide, we’ll dive into some of the best support services available in the area, and provide more information about each one. Whether you’re a first-time parent or have a few little ones already, these services can provide valuable support and guidance to help your family thrive.
The Family Co (formerly Sutherland Shire Family Services)
The Family Co team provides a range of different parenting programmes and individualised support to families with young children. Their parenting programmes cover a range of topics such as child development, positive parenting strategies, managing challenging behaviours, and building strong parent-child relationships. They also offer individualised support to families who may be experiencing difficulties with their child’s behaviour, sleep, feeding or development, as well as organising playdates and youth community centres. A really fantastic initiative, the team consists of qualified and experienced professionals who work collaboratively with families to provide all the support they need.
Orana Early Support mission
Orana Early Support mission is a free service that provides support to single-parent, or other at-need families with young children under 3 years old. Run by volunteers, they offer a range of in-home services to help with managing the home, admin tasks, or even sleep assistance. Having young children can be so overwhelming, so having someone to come to you and offer a helping hand can make a huge difference.
Early Childhood Health Centres
Early Childhood Health Centres provide free health and developmental check-ups for babies and young children. They are staffed by child and family health nurses who provide advice and support to parents around child health, nutrition, safety, and development. They also offer parenting programmes and support groups for parents of young children. These centres are an important resource for parents who want to ensure their child’s health and development is on track.
Parent Line NSW
Parent Line NSW is a free telephone counselling and support service for parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years old. The service is available 7 days a week, and provides confidential advice and support to parents around a range of issues including child behaviour, sleep, feeding, and parenting strategies. Parent Line NSW also provides referrals to other support services if needed. The service is staffed by qualified and experienced counsellors who understand the challenges of parenting and are passionate about supporting families.
Playgroups are a great way for parents of young children to connect with other parents in their community and offer the option of casual drop-ins, or a weekly scheduled visit. They provide an opportunity for children to play and interact with other children, while parents can socialise and share experiences with other parents. You can search the page for the closest group near you, and they offer an enormous range of playgroups to suit different ages and interests all over NSW, so you’re sure to find one that suits your family. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet other local parents and make some new friends!
Mum’s Village Coast to Coast
You may not typically think of a house cleaner as a family support service, but too often families find themselves drowning in never-ending piles of laundry and dishes, which can bring them to breaking point without even realising. If a regular cleaner is either out of budget or not what you’re looking for, consider just a one-off home reset to let you take a breath and get some time and clarity. Visit our page for details around what we offer and to see how we can help support you and your family.
All of these services listed are such a valuable resource for families in the Sutherland Shire. They provide a range of support services, advice and practical assistance to help parents build positive relationships with their children, navigate the challenges of parenting, and enjoy the rewarding journey of raising young children. Whether you’re looking for playgroups, support for your child’s development, or a helping hand at home, these services can help you and your family thrive.