Tweddle provides a combination of residential, day stay, in-home, tele-health, fee for service and community based Early Parenting programs. You can self-refer to Tweddle.
Learn More
Tweddle's caring In-Home and Telehealth teams can help you with sleep and settling, attachment, routines, returning to work, feeding, behaviour and more.
Learn More
Tweddle Sleep and Settling training
Tweddle's Parent Info Hub has dozens of links to resources including videos, help lines, expert tips and more. Download Tweddle's parenting app if you need additional support.
Learn More
Tweddle is delivering a mix of online and face to face professional development and training.
Learn More
Tweddle offers face-to-face group and online Childbirth Education classes delivered by experienced Educators. Mums and support people can attend classes at Tweddle or watch the classes in the comfort of their own homes.
Learn More

Diversity; Everyone is unique, included and heard.
Equity; Advocacy for fair opportunities.
Inclusion; Meaningful participation for all.
Belonging; Be your authentic self.

Tweddle acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We believe in supporting babies, toddlers, children and families to stay connected to cultures, communities and Countries. Tweddle welcomes people of different age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, intersex status, culture, sexual orientation, relationship status, language, faith, ability levels and socio-economic backgrounds.  We take an intersectional approach in reducing inequality and discrimination by embedding safe, inclusive and affirming partnerships. We celebrate families from all walks of life and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging in principle and practice.

Parents talk about Tweddle’s support.
Welcome to Tweddle! A Virtual Tour.
Tweddle might be renown as a 100+ year-old Sleep School but we are so much more than that, as illustrated in this wonderful Tweddle profile by House of Wellness. Tweddle supports parents and carers of babies and toddlers to strengthen attachment, learn about sleep and settling, read their child’s cues, build parenting skills and confidence and connect with community.
Tweddle provides a combination of residential, day stay, in-home, tele-health, fee for service and community based Early Parenting programs. You can self-refer to Tweddle.  Tweddle’s parenting practitioners use strict health protocols to care for families including:
  • Taking temperatures
  • Asking a series of questions prior to services being delivered regarding your current health status and travel
  • Hand Hygiene and wearing masks
We continue to add resources to our Parent Info Hub and you can find our App on the Apple or Google stores.  We look forward to helping you and your family.
Stay well and take care.

Once referred to as a ‘Sleep School’, Tweddle offers so much more than sleep and settling. Tweddle programs and services include Residential and Day Stay, In Home, Working out Dads, Telehealth consultations, MyTime for parents and carers of children with special needs, prison program, Childbirth Education, Parenting Assessment and Skills Development (PASDS), Parenting Workshops in the community and Professional Development. All of Tweddle’s programs change the trajectory of family’s lives, with far reaching consequences now and for generations.

Tweddle Partner with Barwon Health to Support local families
May 18 2022

A new state-of-the-art Early Parenting Centre (EPC) operated by Barwon Health in partnership with Tweddle Child and Family Health Service will open in 2024. The new EPC will give local families the support they need with their babies and toddlers.

Funding from the Andrews Labor Government will see new mums and dads accessing early parenting support in a comfortable, modern, and culturally safe environment.

Minister for Health Martin Foley today unveiled a first look at the multi-million-dollar facility and announced the facility will be located at Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre.

Geelong’s new centre will provide parents and carers with the advice and care they need, including support with sleep and settling, feeding and extra care for babies and toddlers with additional needs.

Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O’Brien said that the partnership will strengthen families and provide valuable early intervention and prevention support services in the first 1000 days. “We know that travel can be a barrier to families seeking support. This new EPC will make a difference and help local babies, toddlers and their families get off to a healthy and strong start in life.” she said. “Tweddle’s priorities include building secure attachment, parent and infant mental health, and connecting families to services and community. This partnership will build on those priorities for Geelong families”.

Sleep and settling is one of the biggest challenges facing new parents, with around one in two Victorian parents who are attending the early parenting centres reporting problems with their child’s sleep. This can lead to post-natal depression, isolation and stress for parents and impact a child’s behavioural and physical development.

With 10 residential units and four day stay units, the centre will provide both day stays and long residential stay programs to improve the health, wellbeing and developmental outcomes for children aged up to four-years-old.

Early works have begun on site to deliver new car spaces and prepare the site for major construction works.

Government House Centenary Celebrations for Tweddle
Tweddle Celebrate Centenary at Government House
May 23 2022

We are grateful to Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC for hosting Tweddle at Government House today to pay tribute to our founders and all involved on Tweddle’s incredible 100 year journey dedicated to infant, child & family health and welfare.

The Tweddle Board, Member for Footscray Katie Hall, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Ro Allen, past and present staff, Life Governors, Tweddle Mothercraft trained nurses and guests were privileged to share an afternoon tea to acknowledge and celebrate Tweddle’s Centenary.

Tweddle Chair Ms Whitmore acknowledged everyone present who had an important connection to Tweddle. This included 1939 Tweddle baby Jim Hevey who has documented Tweddle’s history, and Tweddle volunteer Carol McDonald.

Tweddle commenced as The Society for the Health of Women and Children of Victoria, co-founded by Dr J W Springthorpe, Sister Maude Primrose and Mr J Hume-Cook and funded by businessman Joseph Tweddle.

Their priority was to disrupt the then significant infant mortality, malnutrition and infection affecting thousands of Victorian babies. Today, the health and wellbeing of babies continues to be Tweddle’s priority.

Tweddle continues today with passion as an active and proud voice for babies, toddlers, their families and communities.

Our Programs

Day Stay Programs
Tweddle provides early parenting Day Stay programs in Footscray, Geelong, Bacchus Marsh in partnership with Djerriwarrh Health Service, Kings Park in partnership with Brimbank City Council, Terang in partnership with Terang & Mortlake Health Service and in Mill Park in partnership with the City of Whittlesea.
MyTime
Tweddle's MyTime program is now welcoming families to fortnightly online catch ups. MyTime provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. MyTime provides a place to socialise, discuss, to access information, and to support and be supported by other carers...
In Home Service
Tweddle offer gentle solutions to helping your baby or young child learn to sleep and settle. We provide expert in home and telephone support for baby and toddler sleep, settling, behaviour, feeding and parenting uncertainty...
Working Out Dads
Tweddle Child & Family Health Service are now recruiting for our next Brimbank and Wyndham Working Out Dads groups, a ground-breaking parenting program for dads of children aged 0-4.
Residential Program
The Tweddle Residential Program operates from Monday to Friday each week for vulnerable families struggling with a range of parenting challenges. The early intervention and prevention program has a focus on strengthening attachment, building resilience and supporting you to understand your baby's cues....
Childbirth Education
Tweddle's new Childbirth Education classes now include a class filmed at Tweddle, delivered by experienced Educators with participating parents. Mums and partners can now watch the classes in the comfort of their own homes at a time that suits them. Participants are sent a password that allows access to Tweddle's Childbirth Education on Vimeo. The password allows access to a two week viewing period. Classes are then followed up by an optional group zoom meeting with the Educator, where parents can meet and ask the Educator any questions.
Parenting Assessment and Skills Development
Tweddle's Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) is available to parents who have children between 0 and 3 years who are currently involved with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Professional Development
Tweddle provide training programs and parenting workshops delivered by qualified educators with extensive knowledge and experience specialising in infant mental health, attachment, early parenting support and family partnership education. Tweddle can tailor Professional Development packages for staff, held either at Tweddle in Footscray or at a location that's convenient to you.

Impact of Our Programs

3613

Mums, Dads, Babies & Toddlers (Resi/Day Stay/InHome/PASDs/HoPES)

2,179

Day Stay Clients

354

In Home Clients

720

Childbirth Education families

1594

Completed Assessment and Intake Services

110

MyTime Families

122

Working Out Dads

14

Locations : Pascoe Vale, Wyndham Vale, Maidstone, Point Cook,  Hobsons Bay (Newport)  Brimbank, Maribynong, Melton, Whittlesea, Geelong, Terang, Bacchus Marsh, 

64%

MCHN referrals to Tweddle

 

Make A Difference Today

Social Change
Tweddle is a public hospital and preventative health organisation working upstream with a focus on social change. We foster resilience in families experiencing mental ill health, family violence, isolation, addiction and exhaustion.
The Tweddle Foundation
The Tweddle Foundation supports the critical work and facilities of Tweddle Child and Family Health Service. Help us build a future for vulnerable families so that babies and toddlers get a good start in life.
Get Involved
We welcome your partnership in helping us change lives. Whether it be workplace giving, corporate partnerships, bequests, volunteering or fundraising, your help will make a difference today and for the future.

Tweddle acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government
Translate »