Parent groups and playgroups
Joining a parent group or playgroup with your child can help build a support network of those with a similar experience. Find a local parent group or playgroup.
Joining a group is a useful way to build a support network of people who are going through a similar experience. There are different types of groups, including:
- mothers’ groups
- dads’ groups
These can be face to face or online groups. You can find a local group through your:
- antenatal class
- child and family health clinic
- community centre.
You’ll usually be assigned a mothers’ group by your hospital, antenatal class or child and family health clinic.
If you’re not assigned a group, you can find out about local support groups through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
It’s important that new dads get support and the chance to meet other new dads.
You can find information on dads’ groups at your hospital, child and family health clinic, community centre or online.
The not-for-profit organisation Dads Group host over 70 dads’ groups Australia-wide. If there isn’t already a group in your local area, they can help you start one.
Playgroups are regular social gatherings where:
- children can build social skills and learn through play, and
- parents and carers can meet and share their experience.