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New Partnership Strengthens Whittlesea Families

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 27/07/16

A new partnership between Early Parenting Educators Tweddle and the City Of Whittlesea Maternal and Child Health has given birth to a Parenting Day Stay support program in Mill Park.

Commencing September the 9th, the new Whittlesea Day Stay Program will operate every Friday at the Centenary Drive Maternal and Child Health Centre. Each week, the Day Stay program will offer intensive support for four families with children up to 12 months of age. Parenting support will include guidance around sleep, settling, feeding, routines, attachment and family wellbeing.

The program will be run by an experienced team comprising a Tweddle registered nurse and a City Of Whittlesea Early Childhood Professional.

Ms Ann Hindell, Team Leader Maternal and Child Health, City of Whittlesea and Ms LeAnn Williams, Tweddle Manager of Community Programs have been working on the partnership for some time.

Tweddle CEO MS Jacquie O’Brien is thrilled to be supporting families in the north. “This builds upon our strategic goal of delivering place based services in areas of need” said Ms O Brien. “The joint partnership has delivered a new and valuable service for parents in the Whittlesea municipality.”

Whittlesea Mayor Cr Stevan Kozmevski noted that this new service will complement the high quality maternal and child health service currently provided by the City of Whittlesea.  The partnership will support Council’s efforts to build the resilience of parents and their babies, and bring innovative and much needed services to our community.

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service has been providing early parenting support for 95 years and currently supports over 4,000 families a year. Tweddle also provide Day Stay programs in Geelong, Bacchus Marsh, Terang, Maribyrnong and Brimbank as well as residential services in Footscray.

“Tweddle’s programs are underpinned by the importance of attachment and the stable, responsive and nurturing relationships that build the architecture of a baby’s brain” said LeAnn Williams. “Babies and children learn best when they feel safe, calm, protected and nurtured by caregivers”   

Tweddle Whittlesea Day Stay Parenting Program

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