Tweddle Program Update for 2021

Tweddle Program Update for 2021


Following a year of virtual groups and online support, the Tweddle team are all hands on deck, with many programs making a welcome return to face to face service delivery in 2021.

Telehealth, which was a game changer in 2020, will thankfully remain. While social distancing continues to determine Residential program admissions, telehealth enables us to reach those families who experience barriers to accessing a residential stay.

2021 will be an exciting year for us at Tweddle and for the babies, toddlers, parents and families that turn to us, or are referred to us for support.  Our fee-for-service programs will continue and our community programs will see our footprint expand  into new regions. Here is an update across our programs;

Residential Program

Our Residential Services team are currently providing our 5 day program to 8 families per week. This will gradually increase in line with Health Department guidelines and COVID-Safe recommendations.

Our Residential Dads Group, an onsite group to engage more residential dads, will continue on Thursday nights with thanks to the Collier Charitable Fund. Our new wellbeing centre and exercise equipment is adding an important physical health element to residential dads.

Day Stay Programs

Tweddle’s Day Stay programs are returning to face to face, or a combination of telehealth and face to face. Our Whittlesea Day Stay, Terang Day Stay, Bacchus Marsh and Geelong Day Stay program staff look forward to helping families across Victoria. We will be announcing some exciting Day Stay news for families in the outer western region of Victoria in the near future.

Fee For Service Programs

Our fee for service programs include a private day stay service at our Footscray site, Childbirth Education and Telehealth consultations.  Our In-home fee for service program will recommence shortly.

Childbirth Education

Tweddle’s Childbirth Education classes now offer two options for expectant parents. These include over 3 hours of filmed Childbirth Education with a leading Midwife and Childbirth Educator. This education is offered using a password. Parents can also attend face to face classes across two Thursday evenings or one day Saturday and Sunday options.

In Home Support

Tweddle’s In-Home service will be recommencing in February with a date to be announced shortly. Please check in on the In-Home page on the Tweddle website.


Tweddle’s In-Home 8 week intensive Home Parenting Support Service will be recommencing as a face to face service in the near future with additional Telehealth options.


Tweddle’s MyTime program for parents and carers of children 0-18 with additional needs recommences faces to face with the school term. Groups take place in Avondale Heights, Maidstone, Point Cook, Tarneit, Manor Lakes/Wyndham Vale and Newport. The first week will start with a zoom catch up followed by weekly groups.

Working Out Dads

We look forward to delivering more Working Out Dads programs across Melbourne’s West in 2021. We will be recruiting for a Footscray program starting in April. Join the list by phoning Le Ann Williams on (03) 9689 1577.

Professional Development

Tweddle provide innovative training programs delivered by qualified educators with extensive knowledge and experience. Tweddle clinicians specialise in professional development around infant mental health, childhood trauma, attachment, early parenting support and family partnership education. Tweddle’s new professional development calendar kicks off in April 2021. Community support workers and health professionals working with babies, toddlers, parents and families are invited to sign up for professional development announcements and dates.

Brimbank Playsteps

Brimbank Playsteps is making a welcome return to face to face groups. The Brimbank Playsteps program is a free parent-child group that allows participants to meet each other, engage and interact. The Playsteps program will run for 8 weeks and have a focus on having fun and strengthening parent-child relationships. The group is facilitated by Play and Early Parenting Practitioners. The next group commences on the 9th of February for families living in Albion, Ardeer, Cairnlea, Deer Park, Derrimut, St. Abans, Sunshine, Sunshine North, Sunshine West and Sydenham.

Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service

Four families a fortnight attend Tweddle’s 10 day Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) which 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). This is currently a face to face program. Tweddle’s Telehealth ‘Parenting Skills Development and Education Service’ (PSDE) will also continue.

Prison Program

Tweddle’s Dame Phyllis Frost parenting support program is providing services to Mums and their babies and children through Telehealth. We hope to resume face to face services in the near future.

Cradle to Kinder

Tweddle works in partnership with Melbourne City Mission, Kildonan Uniting Care, IPC Health Care and Early Childhood Management Services [ECMS]) to deliver Cradle to Kinder for the Brimbank Melton and North East Melbourne areas. Cradle to Kinder will be returning to face to face services in 2021.

Sleep and Settling Training – Fact Sheets

A suite of Sleep and Settling fact sheets have been developed to provide information and support to parents, caregivers and service providers. These will support consistent and evidence-informed approaches to sleep and settling information sessions.  Fact sheets are published in 14 community languages and simple English.

Sleep and Settling MCH Training Program

Tweddle has partnered with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) to develop and deliver the Sleep and Settling training program for the entire MCH Workforce. An online training program is currently being developed and is planned to go live early in 2021. All eligible practitioners will be notified at this time. Tweddle acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Are you part of the Victorian MCH Workforce and want to know more information about the Sleep and Settling training program? Please email your questions to

Tweddle’s Therapy Dog Program

Meeting Tweddle’s adorable therapy dog Ajay occurs for families attending  Tweddle’s residential program. Ajay prefers to meet babies and toddlers face to face! Ajay helps families build trust, social and emotional regulation, sensory regulation, empathy and fine motor skills.

Visit Tweddle’s Programs page for more information.

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