Tweddle join West Wimmera Health to Launch Early Parenting Day Stay

Tweddle join West Wimmera Health to Launch Early Parenting Day Stay


West Wimmera Health Service is proud to launch the Hindmarsh Day Stay program to offer parents and their children a safe and welcoming space to find support for any parenting issues they are currently facing.

The partnership between West Wimmera Health Service and Tweddle Child and Family Health Service will give families the opportunity to visit a local Early Parenting Centre where they can work alongside trained Maternal and Child Health Nurses, looking at the whole daily cycle spent with their babies and young children. This will help provide practical strategies to empower parents and children to thrive when they are back in their own home.

West Wimmera Health Service’s Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Mandy Stephan, is thrilled to see the innovative program come to life after much research and work to develop it for the Wimmera region.

Mandy said that the program will provide much-needed support for many families in the Wimmera. “There can be a great deal of overwhelm for people as they try to navigate raising their children, and it can feel very isolating at times.” she said. “This new program is here to let parents know that they don’t have to do it alone.”

The Hindmarsh Day Stay program offers the opportunity for practitioners to work alongside parents to provide practical strategies to empower parents to do the best they can.

Tweddle Chief Executive Officer Ms Jacquie O’Brien was excited about the new partnership. “The Hindmarsh Day Stay Program is about ensuring regional families get accessible, high-quality support for their babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We know that the new program will serve parents in the West Wimmera region well, and will help babies and their families to thrive in the crucial early months and years of life.”

Families arrive at the day stay centre early in the morning and stay the entire day to gain understanding, support and practical strategies to deal with parenting difficulties. Parents also have the opportunity to talk to other parents experiencing similar challenges. Topics can include;

  • Settling and sleep
  • Breast or formula feeding
  • Nutrition
  • Child development and behaviour
  • Health and wellbeing issues

Mr Ritchie Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, West Wimmera Health Service stated, “The first five years of a child’s life are the most important. The Hindmarsh Day Stay program will provide key services to support the infant-parent relationship.”

The program is currently offered every Friday at the Nhill Early Years Centre, with members of the Maternal and Child Health team. It is open to families from across the Wimmera.

To get the support you need, or for any questions, please contact the Nhill Early Learning centre – 2-20 Whitehead AVE Nhill 3418 and phone (03) 53914249

You can visit the Hindmarsh Day Stay page on Tweddle’s website for more information.

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