COVID-19 Downtime Support

We hope you and your families are keeping safe.

The Northern Centre are continuing to deliver our services to the community.

If you need support, please call 9334 0111 or email or visit The Northern Centre - Individual Support Request

Our collocated partners, including our weekly Women’s Legal Clinic continue to deliver services via phone, email and/or ZOOM.

Our team are working with our community via phone, email and/or Skype/ZOOM.

Parenting Programs

parenting programs

Due to COVID-19, The Northern Centre has put their current face-to-face service delivery on hold. We will share any updates with you on our Facebook page /thenortherncentre.


The Northern Centre offers a range of parenting groups to provide parents and carers with effective activities, information and coaching to assist them to build positive parenting skills.

Our groups are usually held during school terms and are listed below. Our Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) program funding allows us to deliver many of our programs at no cost. We can also offer childcare for the duration of most programs. Please notify us at the time of booking if you need this service. Bookings are essential.

parenting groups for parents with children aged 0-10 years

Parents Wellbeing Group

(8 week program for parents of 0 – 18 year olds)

Would you like to feel more calm, connected and compassionate with your child, and within yourself?

  • Develop skills to better deal with daily stresses and build resilience
  • Learn techniques to cultivate mindfulness for more self-awareness and less reactivity
  • Discover health benefits and simple daily practices

When:  Mondays from 10 February to 30 March 2020

Time:  10:00am to 1:00pm

Where:  The Northern Centre, Level 3, 3-5 Anthony Road, West Ryde

Book via Register Your Interest button above.

For more information on MBSR click here, or to watch an ABC Catalyst program on MBSR here.

Transitioning to School Morning Tea Sessions (Mandarin)

Is your child off to school in the Ryde, Hunters Hill or Ku-ring-gai local government area?

Would you like to know how you could help your child be successful and ready for Kindy? How can you help your child and your family settle into Kindy?

Want to understand your child’s development as they start their education journey?

Please join us for 2 morning tea sessions where these questions plus more will be discussed and answered!

When:  Tuesday 14 January and 21 January 2020

Time:  10:00am to 12:00pm

Where:  The Northern Centre, Level 3, 3-5 Anthony Road, West Ryde

Facilitator:  Mabel Chow

Limited childcare available.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Book via Register Your Interest button above.

Parents Morning Tea

Are you a parent /carer of a primary school child?

Join our experienced family workers for an informational session to help you understand and gain some strategies to manage your child’s emotions.

This session will:

  • Provide tools to help you support your child to regulate their emotions and move in to problem solving
  • Build your understanding of your child’s development and the support you need to raise a thriving child

Light refreshments will be provided.

When:  Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Time:  10:00am to 12:00pm

Where:  The Northern Centre, Level 3, 3-5 Anthony Road, West Ryde

Register your interest here.

Parents Afternoon Tea

Are you a Chinese parent with a child under 5 years old?

Join our experienced family worker to learn how to understand more about your child’s development and how that may be influencing their behaviour. Plus hear some insightful tips and tricks.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Limited childcare available.

When:  Thursday, 31 October 2019

Time:  1:00pm to 2.30pm

Where:  The Northern Centre, Level 3, 3-5 Anthony Road, West Ryde

Facilitation:  Delivered in Mandarin by Mabel Chow

Bookings: 9334 0111 or

Sensory Play Parties

If you have a child under 5 years old, we welcome you to enjoy a sensory journey with your child through art and craft, movement, music and eating fun.

Please refer to our Supported Playgroups page for further information and registration of interest.

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Circle of Security

(for parents of 0 – 5 year olds)

Circle of Security is a highly successful 8 week evidenced based program that focusses on how you can strengthen your relationship with your children through understanding and responding to your children’s needs and behaviours.

Circle of Security is a relationship based, early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Decades of university-based research have confirmed that secure children exhibit increased empathy, greater self-esteem, better relationships with parents and peers, enhanced school readiness, and an increased capacity to handle emotions more effectively when compared with children who are not secure.

For further information, see

123 Magic and Emotion Coaching

(for parents of 3 – 8 year olds)

Developed by Dr. Thomas Phelan, a registered clinical psychologist and internationally renowned expert of child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder, this program aims to teach parents with children 3-8 years how to deal with their child’s difficult behaviour by using an easy to learn and easy to use signalling system for managing difficult behaviour.

This program runs over 3 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

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Triple P

(for parents of 3 – 10 year olds)

This Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behaviour and prevent problems developing. Triple P is currently used in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures.

This program runs over 5 weekly sessions of 2 hours, plus a phone call.

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Tuning in to Kids

(for parents of 4 – 10 year olds)

Focuses on the emotional connection between parents and children. Aims to teach parents emotion coaching skills, to help their child understand and manage their emotions, as well as improving communication and parent-child relationship. Help develop your child’s social skills and manage frustrations and conflict, thus increasing positive behaviours.

Teach your child to understand and regulate their emotions.

  • Teach your child the skills of ‘emotional intelligence’ – the ability to understand and control emotions.
  • Help your child communicate how they’re feeling and to then move to problem solving.
  • Explore family parenting styles and how emotions, including conflict, are handled within the family.
  • Learn new ways to handle emotions including those of their children, which leads to improved family relationships.

This program runs over 6 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Tuning in to Kids Together

(for parents of 4 – 10 year olds)

Positive parenting program providing the following benefits for you and your family:

  • Learn about children’s brain development and emotions
  • Gain skills to assist your child manage difficult feelings
  • Learn to help your child prevent / reduce challenging behaviours
  • Develop strategies to stay calm when responding to emotions and challenging behaviour

Parents are invited to participate in this parenting program research, which is being run as part of a PhD project.

This new program is for parents and runs over 8 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

parenting groups for parents with children aged 12-18 years

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Tuning in to Teens

(for parents of 11 – 18 year olds)

Tuning in to Teens is an effective emotional coaching program developed by the University of Melbourne that teaches parents how to help their child develop emotional intelligence. The program helps teens learn to understand and regulate their emotions.

It teaches parents:

  • awareness and regulation of their own emotions
  • awareness of their children’s emotions
  • to use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for closeness and teaching
  • skills in assisting teens to verbalise and manage their emotions, including difficult emotions
  • skills in problem solving
  • improve communication and reduce conflict

The research evaluation of this emotional coaching program found that when parents learned these parenting skills, there were improvements in teen’s emotional competence, social skills, and behaviour. Teens with higher emotional intelligence have fewer mental health concerns, stronger peer relationships and greater career success.

This program runs over 5 weekly sessions of 2 hours.