Accessing the collective parent brain trust

Parenting is a unique job that can be demanding in complexity, workhours and conditions, HOWEVER rewarding in outcomes watching a dependent human being grow into their full potential.

It is often quoted “it takes a village to raise a child” for good reason!

Connection with others for support, information, advice is good for parents, their children and the community itself. 

The Blue Mountains Council Guide to Services and Activities for Families provides an overview of support available from emergency relief, parenting support, early childhood services, recreation, and schools.

Keeping track of children’s early developmental milestones from birth to starting school supports early detection of potential delays and access to support. 

As children grow they pass through specific physical, cognitive, social and emotional, and communication developmental milestones. It’s useful to know when to expect certain skills to develop and to seek support for any concerns early. Download our document, Children's Milestones Matter, for more information and to see the support available to ensure your child reaches their potential.

Evidence based online parenting programs and other resources are offered by:

For Grandparent Carers who have taken on the role of parenting their grandchildren or provide a support role the following information may be helpful:

There are local websites developed by local parents sharing information with other local parents including:

Child and Family workers can support with parenting programs or groups at:
•    Community Health (Springwood ph: 4751 0100 or Katoomba ph: 4782 2133)
•    Family Support services ( Thrive in Katoomba ph: 4782 1555 or Gateway ph: 4720 6500 or ph: 4782 5326)
•    Child & Family Services ( MOCS ph 4758 6811  OR  Connect ph: 4758 9966  Or Aboriginal Cultural Centre – ACRC  4782 6569 

If your child attends an Early Childhood Education Service (see full lists of services in the BMCC Guide to Services & Activities for Families) or Supported Playgroup share your concerns with the educators or Child & Family workers who can help you.

Falling into Hard times – Needing a temporary hand of help 

This can happen unexpectedly to anyone.

Find our services in the BMCC Guide to Services and Activities for Families - sections Emergency Contacts and Information & Financial & Housing Support. 

Or Contact Blue Mountains Family Support services at:
Thrive Family Support https://thriveservices.org.au/ Ph: 4782 1555   
Gateway Family Support https://www.gatewayfamilyservices.org.au Ph: 4720 6500

There are a number of services who can provide temporary practical support for hard times including food hampers and vouchers, or support if you are at risk of falling into homelessness, or are homeless. Please view here https://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/homelessness/services-and-support-blue-mountains

Volunteer visitors for tired families with little babies are available through Connect Child and Family YAWN (You Ask and We Nurture program)
Phone 4759 1462 for more information. 

For more information or help to navigate services available contact: BMCC Child & Family Development Officer ph: 4780 5462