City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Cockburn Parenting Service 

Cockburn Early Years program has recently developed a partnership with Meerilinga and Kwinana Early Years, and have together been successful in procuring an Agreement to deliver parenting services to parents with children aged 0-18 years across the south west metro area over the next 5 years.

As a result Cockburn Early Years is now changing its name to Cockburn Parenting Service.

Cockburn Parenting Service is a free service for families with children aged 0-18 years in the City of Cockburn. It delivers a range of group activities and programs to support parents and their children.
To enquire about Parenting groups or for any information,  contact the Cockburn Parenting Service on 9411 3855 or   

The service provides:

  • Practical advice on childrens development (ages 0-18 years)
  • Information on childrens emotional needs and behaviours
  • Parent education and information
  • Emotional support and strategies to assist the parenting role
  • Parenting groups, forums and events
  • Individualised programs where required or appropriate
  • linking of parents and grandparents into other community supports and resources

Cockburn Parenting Service offers a parenting program for families with a focus on assisting parents to strengthen and maintain a close, connected relationship with their children.
The Service provides practical ideas and strategies to assist with this, through parenting groups, forums, events and individual programs as needed.

Support for parents, grandparents and those caring for children (0-18 years):

  • Emotional support and information covering early parenthood through to parenting teens
  • Helping to manage the challenges of parenting
  • Providing information and support for your child's developmental stages from 0-18 years, including language, motor skills, social/emotional development
  • Helping you understand your child/young persons emotional needs and behaviours
  • Help to set limits while maintaining a close and connected relationship
  • Giving ideas to help strengthen your relationship with your baby, child, or teen
  • Identifying local community supports, programs and referral sources

Cockburn Early Years

Speak with a staff member about our groups or home visiting program by contacting us today.

Phone: 08 9411 3855

Coolbellup Community Hub
90 Cordelia Ave, Coolbellup WA 6163

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If you are interested in attending  a parenting group  please  contact us via email or telephone: 9411 3855 today!  We welcome enquiries, and parents can pre register for groups to ensure a place. 


Cockburn Parenting Services runs groups for parents and children together and Parenting education and support groups. 

Parenting by Connection   scroll down for next class - Download Brochure

parenting by connection

The Parenting by Connection approach helps to improve the lives of parents and children by nurturing the parent and child connection. When children feel connected, they learn readily, love easily, and become caring leaders among their peers and fully access their intelligence and ability. When children's behaviour goes off track, they are asking for closeness, connection and understanding.

In the group you will learn new tools for understanding children's behaviour, and how to create a warm cooperative relationship with your child. Some of the topics covered are tantrums, sleep, separation, fear, anger, aggression and eating.

Parents are also supported and have the safety to offload feelings that interfere with their ability to guide their children with love and sensible limits. Listening partnerships and support groups help parents relieve stress and build self understanding.

Cockburn Parenting Service runs regular Parenting by Connection groups usually every school term. Parenting by Connection was developed by Patty Wipfler.

Patty is the author of the listening to children booklets which outline the basic tools we teach in our classes. Hand in Hand produces a newsletter each month and has many informative articles on the website at hand in hand website.

Watch a video with Patty Wipfler discussing the Parenting by Connection way of responding to children's feelings, and for more information about Parenting by connection.

Tuning in to kids
A Group for parents of children aged 4 - 12 years

This is a five week parenting group that will provide strategies and ideas to help your child talk with you about their feelings. You will learn emotion coaching tools to enable you to listen and connect with your child during emotional moments. Develop your skills in recognising, understanding and managing your child's emotions

Make connections with other parents and learn skills that will help you throughout your parenting career.

Suitable for parents/carers of children up to primary age.

WHERE:    Yangebup Family Centre

WHEN:      Thursday 27th April, and the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May 2017

TIME:        11am - 1pm

COST:          Free

CRECHE:   Provided (limited)

To register phone 9411 3855 by 24th April  or email

Supported play sessions for parents and children 1- 4 years old by referral

These sessions are facilitated by Early Childhood Educators and will assist you as a parent in the following ways:
  • Strengthen your relationship with your child
  • Have fun with your child
  • Develop your child's language and self esteem
  • Develop your child's ability to socialize
  • Help you learn and use many new rhymes, games and songs to assist your child to develop preschool and early language skills
  • Learn to read and enjoy picture books and stories with your child

At the group we have:

  • Circle time of play songs, music and dancing
  • Snack time for children, & cuppa and chat for adults
  • Outdoor playtime

Circle time of sharing books, stories and rhymes. You and your little child will benefit from times of playful interaction together.

Come along with your children and help them learn new skills and have fun with you through singing, dancing, talking & playing. 

Sing and Play  


For children 1-4 years old accompanied by a parent or family member referred by community agencies.

This Group is led by Mandy Halpin, Cockburn Parenting Service Officer

  • WHERE:  The Coolbellup Community Hub, 
                  90 Cordelia Ave, Coolbellup
  • WHEN:     Term 1 2017
  • COST:      $1 per week
  • BRING: Drink and lunchbox with food for your child to eat at snack time (eg: sandwiches, fruit, crackers and cheese)

More Info:  Phone Jayne or Mandy: 9411 3855
or email


A Cockburn Parenting Service & Cockburn Family support event

Aboriginal Parents & Grandparents Support Group

What will we be doing?tears and tantrums

Sharing friendship, sharing time, sharing experiences - Listening, Craft, Food, Fun, Friendship, Stories, learning, laughter.

  • Cost:           Free - (Free childcare)
  • Where:        Coolbellup Community Hub
                       90 Cordelia Avenue, Coolbellup
  • Day:            Meets weekly on Wednesday (School term)
  • Time:          10.30 to 12.30
  • More Info:  Phone Jayne or Sylvia : 9411 3855 or 9411 3851 or email

MY TIME is an Australian Government initiative coordinated by the Parenting Research Centre and locally coordinated and supported by Ngala Community Services


              To register for these workshops and classes phone Cockburn Parenting Service  94113855

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This project  is provided by City of Cockburn and funded by the State Government through the Department of Local Government and Communities.  

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Visit the DLGC Website for more info.


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