Whitehorse City Council

Parent Resources

Parenting Apps


Tiqbiz

Council’s Health and Family Services department is now using the free app tiqbiz to communicate with parents, grandparents and carers living in the City of Whitehorse. You will be notified of Health and Family Services relevant events, parent forums, immunisations sessions, maternal and child health and youth parenting information via push notifications. As a parent, grandparent and/or carer you are able to opt into the categories that suit your particular situation. 

Visit Tiqbiz to download the app to your phone, tablet or PC. For further notes, download pdf icon Whitehorse Tiqbiz Instructions (179.83kB).


Toy Libraries

Whitehorse is very fortunate to have three Toy Libraries operating allowing families to borrow from a vast array of toys, puzzles and games that have been designed to support play, skill development and children’s imagination. Toy libraries aim to support families and encourage togetherness and quality time spent engaging children in play. 

Box Hill Area Toy Library

The Box Hill Area Toy Library is a parent initiated and volunteer operated, not-for-profit association, where parents or carers can go to borrow a wide variety of educational toys, puzzles and games for children aged six months to six years. 

Address: Box Hill South Family Centre, Rotary Court (corner Station Street and Riversdale Road), Box Hill South 
Phone: 0479 152 419
Email: boxhillareatl@gmail.com  

View  fees and session times here.  

Vermont South Community House Toy Library

The Vermont South Community House Toy Library is committed to providing a stock of quality toys, which are regularly updated. Toys are available for loan on a weekly basis. Toys are aimed at children from six months to six years. 

Address: 1 Karobran Drive, Vermont South 
Phone: 9803 2335
Email: toylibrary@vsch.org.au 

View fees and session times.

Nunawading Toy Library

Nunawading Toy Library aims to provide affordable access to age-appropriate toys and equipment, which will assist in the education and development of children from (although not limited to) six months to six years of age. 

Address: 19 Norma Road, (former pre-school building) Forest Hill
Phone: 0449 123 889
Email: info@nunawadingtoylibrary.org.au 

View further information including fees and session times.


Playgroups

A playgroup is a group of parents/grandparents/carers and their pre-school aged children regularly coming together to play and socialise. Playgroups connect families to their local community and provides the opportunity for children to play in an environment which stimulates their imagination, develops their language and promotes social interactions with other children.  

Whitehorse has a large number of playgroups that are always welcoming new families.

For further information on playgroups in Whitehorse, please download the pdf icon Playgroup/Toy Library Brochure 2017 (215.54kB) or contact Council’s Parent Resource Officer on 9262 6175 or molly.block@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

For more information on how to start a playgroup, please visit the Playgroups Victoria website.


Library Story Time

Reading stories with children sparks their imagination, stimulates curiosity and helps with their brain development. It is also a great opportunity for families to connect and bond in the midst of busy lives.

Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation has a lot to offer families. Whitehorse Libraries also offer a range of story times and activities for all aged children.