Event Planning

Planning a Parenting Education Event

Thinking about running parenting groups in your area but not sure where to start?

Follow these easy steps and make the most of the help resourcingparents has to get your Parenting Education Event started.

  1. Look over our The Agency Planning Calendar to get some ideas of what groups are currently running in your area or what are planned.
    » Go to Agency Planning Calendar
  2. What practical aspects do you need to consider such as : venue, time of day, childcare.
    » Download Group Preparation Planning template [PDF 80KB]
  3. Who will lead the group? Have you looked at the Practitioner's Listing Directory ?
  4. .Evaluating your group. The Parenting Concerns Questionnaire can be downloaded for use here.

The Parent Concerns Questionnaire - please use for all GROUP Projects.


Parent Concerns Questionnaire- Brief Version English [287KB] Instructions are on the form.

Translated Parent Concerns Questionnaire - Brief Version - please down load the three documents for each language.


Do you need funding to support your parenting initiative? If your organisation services families in either South East or Inner West Sydney then you may be appropriate for funding.
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You may find the below information helpful. It concerns target group, structure and evaluation for the most frequently funded parenting programmes: Triple P, Toddlers and TIPS.

  1. Triple P – Positive Parenting Program

    Target Group Structure Evaluation
    Parents with Children aged 3-10years 8 weeks = Weeks 1-4 - 2.5hr group meetings + Wks 5-7 - 20min phone calls + Wk 8 - 2.5hr group meeting Parent Concerns Questionnaire (Pre and Post)

    Triple P is the most popular Australian parenting program that has been designed at the University of Queensland, by Professor Matt Sanders. Most parents report that after attending the program they feel more confident to tackle common behaviours by using any of the series of 17 strategies covered in the course. They also report feeling less stressed as a parent. The course covers ways of encouraging enjoyable behaviour, as well as managing misbehaviour.

    Program materials: Pre-recorded video to illustrate strategies, overhead materials for introducing topics and summaries, the parent workbook which is kept by families as a resource after the program has finished, and the group facilitator to demonstrate techniques and lead the discussion.

    Topics addressed: 1. The Power of Positive Parenting, 2. Promoting Children's Development, 3. Managing Misbehaviour, 4. Planning Ahead, 5-7. Implementing Parenting Routines, 8. Bringing it All Together

    TIPS: Tips and Ideas for Parenting Skills

    Target Group Structure Evaluation
    Parents with Children aged 2-10 years
    6 weeks = 6 x 2.5hour meetings Parent Concerns Questionnaire (Pre and Post)

    TIPS is a New Zealand designed program that explores common parenting topics in a relaxed and conversational group format. Parents who attend this course often report that they enjoy the opportunity to discuss being a parent, the challenges and different strategies in a group.

    The first topic is Communicating and Understanding Feelings, and then the group chooses the remaining topics from the following options: Lets work together; Instead of hitting what can I do?; Dealing with tantrums; Responsible children; Keeping kids honest; How to make children feel good about themselves; Good labels bad labels; Teenagers; Family fun.

    Toddlers: Terrible or Terrific!

    Target Group Structure Evaluation
    Parents with Children aged 12months-3years
    6 weeks = 6 x 2.5 hour meetings Parent Concerns Questionnaire (Pre and Post)

    The Toddlers Group has been designed by the Northern Sydney Child and Family Service and running since 1985. Parents who attend this group often report that they feel more relaxed about their toddler's behaviour, and more able to understand why the behaviour is occurring. The group aims to assist parents to develop a sound understanding of the developmental stage of toddlers, from the perspective of the child, and to choose strategies and solutions that fit with their parenting style.

    Program Materials: Trained facilitator to lead the discussion, overhead materials and a parent workbook which is kept by families as a resource.

    Topics addressed: Social and Emotional Development; Tucker without Tantrums; Toilet Training; Speech and Language Development; Sleep; Parents are People Too!; Discipline and Tantrums; and Helping Toddlers Cope with Change