Whitehorse City Council

Parenting Information Forum Program

Council’s Health and Family Services department is pleased to be once again running a series of Parenting Information Forums for Whitehorse parents, grandparents and carers in 2017.

What are Parenting Information Forums?

To deliver the Parenting Information Forum Program, Council uses a range of guest speakers to reflect the diverse range of parenting approaches that individuals, communities and cultures hold.  The program aims to achieve great outcomes for families, children and young people and believes that effective parenting matters to a child’s lifelong development and overall wellbeing.  By extension Whitehorse Council believes that we must support parents to develop key parenting skills and to relieve common parenting pressures through information.

The information provided to parents at our Parenting Information Forum program does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Council or any employee thereof. Council is therefore not responsible for the accuracy or validity of any of the information presented by the guest presenters.

Session Format

All sessions run in the evening with registrations starting at 7pm and presentations running between 7.30pm and finishing by 9:30pm. They are run in the Waratah Room at Council’s Whitehorse Centre, located at the rear of 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.

Council provides these forums at a low cost. We only ask that you provide a $2 donation on the night that we will pass onto a local child, youth or family organisation to support their work. Previous recipients include The Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) and Koonung Cottage’s Facilitated Grandparents Playgroup. 

Council’s Parenting Information Forum Program has grown over the years and sessions are very popular.  It is essential that parents, grandparents and carers register their attendance. This can be done by clicking on the Book Here button next to the corresponding forum. Each forum will be open for registrations approximately one month before the forum date. In the event that a forum does book out a waiting list will be activated.

To request additional access support including interpreting please contact Council’s Parenting Resource Officer on 9262 6175 or molly.block@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

Please note children cannot be accommodated in these forums.

2017 Calendar

For further information about each forum please download the pdf icon 2017 Parenting Information Calendar brochure (230.58kB).
To book please click the Book here button next to the forum you wish to attend. 




Further Information


14th March

Preparing Children for the Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School

Louise Dorrat

Early Childhood Consultant

pdf icon March PIF Flyer (507.96kB)



27th April

Encouraging Body Confidence in our Teens

Amberley Laverick

Butterfly Foundation

pdf icon WH Parenting Information Forum Flyer 2017 (1.53MB)

Eventbrite - Encouraging Body Confidence in our Teens


16th May

Building Resilience and Self Esteem in Children

Sally Ward

Early Life Foundation

pdf icon Building Resilience and Self Esteem in Children (566.00kB)

Eventbrite - Building Resilience and Self Esteem in Children


20th June

Smooth Transitions from Primary to Secondary School

Rod Dungan

Thriving Youth Australia

Further Information to come

Not open for bookings


18th July


Parenting (Based on Bringing Up Great Kids)

Pat Jewell

The Australian Childhood Foundation

Further Information to come

Not open for bookings


8th August

How to support Teens to become Emotionally Intelligent (Based on Tuning into Teens)

Joanie Bartolo

Emotion Wise

Further Information to come

Not open for bookings


13th September

Mindfulness – How it can really help manage your child’s anxiety

Michelle Graeber and Lisa Wolfenden

Anxiety Recovery Centre (ArcVIC)

Further Information to come

Not open for bookings


18th October

Talking to Teens about Respectful Relationships

Athi Kokonis

Family Planning Victoria

Further Information to come

Not open for bookings

For further information, please contact Molly Block, Parent Resource Officer, on 9262 6175 or molly.block@whitehorse.vic.gov.au (Monday, Tuesday and Friday).