First Steps Parenting Centre
First Steps Parenting Centre (FSPC) is a service for families with children aged 0-5 years based at the Wallsend Health Campus. Except for one of our more specific programs, we provide general services to those families living in the Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie Local Government Areas. The centre provides multi-disciplinary support to families from social workers, nurses, a paediatrician and a speech pathologist. Some examples of the issues families may be referred for include:
First Steps Parenting Centre is a family centre, meaning we encourage the attendance of mothers, fathers, grandparents, foster carers, or any other significant carers for the referred child. At the time we make the appointment we will discuss with the family whether it would be helpful for the child to attend the appointment or not.
Interventions are tailored to each individual family, and may include both centre-based and home-based appointments, depending on the needs of the family. Please note that home visits are not always available. After our first appointment, we will discuss an appropriate plan forward to ensure we are meeting the needs of the family. If we aren’t able to assist with these goals, we will help to find the best service to do so before closing the referral.
- The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly - a book explaining COVID-19 to children.
- Managing you mental health online during COVID-19 - a fact sheet about COVID-19 and your mental health.
- Behaviour iceburg - a basic visual for parents to understand there are valid feelings and needs underneath the undesirable behaviour.
- Women's Safety NSW: COVID-19 - contact details for domestic vilence support and emergencies.
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Adjusting to parenthood
Becoming a Father – Sometimes dads may feel as though they are left out of the equation when it comes to new babies, and parenting in general. Between not being able to breastfeed, to having to go back to work, dads often feel that they don’t have a chance to bond with their new baby. It might also feel like you’re holding everyone else together, and that there is never any fuel left in the tank for you. You’re not alone. Here are some great resources and support ideas for dads to draw on.
Location and contact information
Lowrey Lane, Wallsend Campus, Wallsend 2287
PO Box 119, Wallsend 2287
(02) 4924 6550
(02) 4924 6555
Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm
There is no cost for this service
There is wheelchair access to the service