Free support groups help families during crucial early years

Babies galore at the Quakers Hill Child and Family Health Nurse Parenting Group.

The first 2,000 days of a child’s life is the most important time for parents for the emotional and physical development of a child. 

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Child and Family Health nurses provide a valuable service for families with children 0 – 5 years.  The service helps parents navigate the early years whilst gaining emotional and practical parenting support.

The service offers families regular health checks, monitor their child’s physical and emotional development, information about the healthy foods and family lifestyle, access breastfeeding and feeding support, parenting strategies and emotional support for parents.

WSLHD Child and Family Health Nurse Service nurse manager Julie Maddox encourages families with a child/children 0-5 years to attend Child and Family Health Nursing services to monitor the child’s development, complete assessments in the NSW Heath My Personal Health Record (blue book) and access parenting support.   

WSLHD Child and Family Health nurse Kimberly Blackbourn, Abbey Forster with baby Finley Dobson, Cynthia Attard with baby Claudia and Child and Family Health nurse Shona Ryan.

“We also want to encourage and recognise the positive role that fathers have on their child’s development and welcome father attendance,” Julie said.

“Our parenting groups provide families with essential information such as learning baby’s first communication, normal newborn behaviour, awareness of child developmental stages, the importance of play, sleep and settling strategies, feeding, nutrition and home safety.

“Sleep deprivation is a common issue with new parents so by connecting with other families you share experiences and develop support network and make new friends.

New mum Cynthia Attard gives Claudia a big kiss.

Parents can enquire about any free Child Family Health Nursing service by contacting our Central Referral Service on ph: 1800 600 681