Parenting courses and support not only help parents but promote learning alongside your child’s. Our children’s task is to try new things and learn from those experiences and in the process developing persistence and grit. We all learn from mistakes. When parents are empowered they have an open mindset and can allow children to make their own choices and can help them set their own goals. Parents can model this by trying new things and not worrying about failing or looking stupid. Open-up conversation about family decisions and discuss outcomes so children can prepare.
Counselling for children affected by abuse
Family Works provides free counselling for children & their families whose lives have been affected by abuse.
info / parongo: Family works
Family Start programme
This programme is all about strengthening vunerable families. It provides intensive, home-based support services for families with high needs, to ensure that their children have the best possible start in life. Family Start is funded and managed by Family and Community Services.
info / parongo: Auckland visit Ministry Of Health’s website here
Grandparents raising grandchildren
It is not unusual for grandparents to be involved in the upbringing of their grandchildren. In some parts of the world it is considered normal for grandparents to take a huge role in the raising of children. In our culture, though, there are a large number of children in the full-time care of their grandparents because of serious issues with the children’s parents. A six session Toolbox course consists of three DVDs and a comprehensive manual which you can work through at home on your own or with some friends. If you prefer to be part of a group, check on the website to get details of any Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Toolbox courses running in your area.
info / parongo: The Parenting place
Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY )
A home-based programme that trains parents to help their four-year-old children with their learning, creating experiences that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. The programme operates for low-income communities.
info / parongo: Hippy / Great Potentials
specialise in counselling for men by men, Youth Programmes and Living Without Violence (including the Maori programme, Te Ara Taumata Ora). They started the Big Buddy Mentoring programme, which proved so successful that they have become an independant organsation. They offer family counselling and relationship courses.
info / parongo: Man Alive
Parent 2 Parent
For parents or family member of a child with a special need, disability or health impairment. This provides the ability to train a broad range of volunteers. The main Support Parenting Training Course has recently been developed and renamed the Perent Support Programme to increase its relevance and accessibility to parents. It is made up of three courses: • One day Personal Support Course • Two day Communication Skills Course • Navigating the system sessions This training is free to participants but those who attend the courses are asked to consider their ability to offer support to another who is going through a similar journey. All volunteers go through an accreditation process to assess their readiness. Parent to Parent is happy to provide training to other groups volunteers as long as the volunteers meet their criteria and are happy to become one of their Support Parents; this is usually a commitment to make a call to another parent who has a child with a similar condition, once a month or so.
info / parongo: Parent 2 Parent
Parent Aid Waitakere
PAW able to give the main caregiver that extra pair of hands needed during stressful times. Offering practical home/childcare assistance around the home when needed for multiple births, sickness, accidents or when the unexpected happens.
info / parongo: West: Parent Aid Waitakere, North west: Parent aid North West
Parenting Through Separation
This is a free information programme, developed and funded by the Ministry of Justice for parents who are separated, considering separation or in the process of separating. It aims to help them to help their children through this difficult time. PTS is a regular programme run each month (excluding public holidays).
info / parongo: Parenting Through Separation
Parenting Education ProgrammE (PEPE)
A national programme developed by Plunket which consists of a series of five courses, aimed at supporting first time parents, contact: Emilie Timmermans 09 4760705 or email
Your new baby (0 to 6 wks), Your growing baby (6 wks to 7 mths), Your moving baby (8 mths – 14 mths), Your active toddler (15mths – 2.5 yrs), and Your curious young child (2.5 yrs – 5 years).
info / parongo: Parenting Education Programme / Pepe
Single mum positive parenting workshops
Facilitated by single mums for single mums. Come along to this new coffee group where the focus is on connecting with other single mums. Coffee, tea, morning tea provided, and comfy couches! Lots of great toys for the children. A chat, a yarn, korero. Free but booking essential
where / ki hea: Auckland Women’s Centre , Grey Lynn.
info / parongo: Single mum positive parenting
Strategies with Kids, Information for Parents (SKIP)
SKIP offers a range of free resources to support positive parenting and to help parents set up their own groups. Designed specifically for parents, caregivers and families, and helping community groups with workshops and training. There is also lots of parenting resources and tips, some available in languages other than English.
info / parongo: SKIP
Strengthening Step Families
This programme allows the adults of new step families to explore and share their journey with others. A fun, interactive, challenging process that allows couples to strengthen their relationship in a safe manner. Early registration required as programme limited to eight couples. So get in and benefit from a fresh understanding of stepfamily life. Contact Family Works Waitakere contact: 09 8351288 for further information. cost: Contribution of $50-$60 per couple for the programme but it is a voluntary contribution.
info / parongo: Strengthening Families
Supporting Parents Alongside Children’s Education (SPACE)
The SPACE programme is provided by various Playcentre Associations for first-time parents with newborn babies, starting at age 0-3 months. Sessions are held over 3-4 terms in a relaxed, baby-friendly atmosphere. The courses promote the value of parenthood and maximise children’s learning opportunities from a young age.They recognise their child’s development and to support and extend their children’s learning with qualified facilitators and other professionals who will share their collective knowledge and experiences with the group. •where: new loctions each term around email web:
info / parongo: SPACE NZ
The Incredible Years
The Incredible Years® is a practical parenting programme which addresses every-day family situations, concerns, challenges and problem-solving in a supportive group environment. Parents are seen as the experts in their own children and are provided with opportunities to explore, with the support of trained group leaders, possible solutions to the challenges they are facing. Groups involve weekly sessions of 2 to 2.5 hours. The programme runs for 14 – 20 sessions. The Incredible Years® series of parent programmes cover the following age ranges –Parent and Baby Programme 0 – 1 year, Toddler Programme 1 – 3 years, Preschool programme 3 – 6 years and School-age programme 6 – 12 years. Talk to your group leaders to confirm which programme they are using and which is most appropriate for your family.
info / parongo: The Incredible Years
The Parenting Place
A not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making life better for parents and their kids. They offer ‘Toolbox’ parenting groups, usually meet in someone’s home.Over six sessions key parenting principles are explored and participants are encouraged in their parenting.Click here for info on ‘toolbox’ “No Sweat Parenting Events” are especially designed for Mâori, although Pâkeha, Pasifika, and people of other cultures have all appreciated the material and style. It has been designed to inspire and equip parents and caregivers in the awesome role they play in their whânau. Click here for info on ‘No Sweat” events.
info / parongo: The Parenting Place
The Parenting Place and Lifewise run six-week parenting courses regularly throughout the year. These are open to any parent looking for practical tips and parenting inspiration. The early Years course covers ages 0-6 years and talks about different parenting styles and the style that works best, as well as physical & emotional needs. Important topics like: children’s personality types, all the different ages & stages and how to engage co-operation as well as handling the more difficult behaviours, will help you create a childhood to remember. there are other courses available if you have older siblings as well.
info / parongo: Auckland Central: The Parenting Place, West: Lifewise
This is all about loving through the tough times. Toughlove shows parents how to come up with loving solutions to help with family problems by teaching self responsibility. It often focuses on older children, if you have older siblings this is ideal. Parent Support Groups meet weekly. Meetings follow a carefully planned structure. Parents are guided through a discussion format designed to assist them to develop action plans that work. By sharing our stories we find that we are not alone and need not feel isolated any more. “There are no quick fixes.” Parents are encouraged to attend regularly in order to develop new skills needed for coping with difficulties.
info / parongo: Tough Love
arents Centres New Zealand opens the door to a wealth of pregnancy, birth and postnatal information and programmes. They offer comprehensive childbirth education packages to help you and your partner prepare for having a baby.They have practical parenting topics, and help you with placement in a coffee group and other postnatal support opportunities. Some of the Centres also offer one-off parenting sessions, such as toilet training, choking and CPR, natural fertility, sessions for dads and child development (including the renowned Brainwave Trust seminars).
info / parongo: Parent centres
There are several courses to help young Dads the opportunity to connect with other young fathers. Usually designed for Dads 24 years and under and is structured to be engaging, thought provoking and fun. Dads will have the opportunity to learn a variety of topics including how to communicate effectively with their partner and child, life skills, understanding the changes in relationships and how to access community support, agencies and resources.
info / parongo: Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service, Father and Child, Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust.
For young parents who need support around transport to get to
health appointments, want education and support around parenting.
info / parongo: Website: www.waiwhanau.com
Healthwest Teen Dads Programme …………… Ph 836 2329 ext 7716
info / parongo: or 021 272 2249
Henderson He Wero – Teen Parent Unit
info / parongo: Website: www.hhs.school.nz
Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust
info / parongo: Website: www.thrive.org.nz
Living & Learning Family Centre
Parenting and life skills programme for pregnant teens and young mums.
info / parongo: Website: www.livingandlearning.org.nz
Changeworks Teen Dads Plus .Fathering is a 9-week community agency initiative which has
developed a group program for young fathers. The program has been
designed to engage, encourage and enable the fathering potential of
info / parongo: Website: www.changeworks.org.nz
Youth Health Hub .Young Dads Programme: A free 10 week course that gives young Dads
the opportunity to connect with other young fathers.
info / parongo: Website: www.healthwest.co.nz
Helensville Family Centres.:
Youthline Pregnancy Centre
Women counselors provide support and information to help you make
the best choice for you. Post-termination, post-miscarriage counseling,
pregnancy diagnosis and referral service.
info / parongo: Website: www.youthline.co.nz