ParentsNext

Are you a parent of a child aged under six years? ParentsNext can assist you to be ready to re-enter the workforce as your child reaches school age.

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The ParentsNext program works with parents who are receiving the Parenting Payment and have children aged under six years.

We assist parents to identify their goals and work with them toward achieving them, to increase independence and have a positive impact on the quality of family life.

We tailor assistance to meet individual needs. We link parents with relevant services and with activities to assist educational and employment pathways including:

  • English classes and vocational training
  • workplace visits and volunteering to increase confidence and build skills, and
  • parenting groups and social activities for parents and children.

We assist to find suitable childcare and access any funding. Where possible we aim to deliver the program and conduct appointments with parents in a familiar setting.

Parents are urged to take part in the parent advisory group in each region , to contribute ideas about what is needed in the community, and to broaden networks, build confidence and learn new skills.


When and where


Broadmeadows

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Hume City Hub, Level 2, 61 Riggall St Dallas
Please phone Fattma on 0407 572 731 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Craigieburn

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am – 5pm
Connections@Hothlyn, 120 Hothlyn Drv Craigieburn
Please phone Fattma on 0407 572 731 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Dandenong

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Life without Barriers, 2/1-7 Langhorne St Dandenong
Please phone Lina on 0490 121 801 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Epping

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Epping Community Services Hub, 713 High St Epping
Please phone Rosie on 0490 121 917 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Fitzroy

Open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
Brotherhood of St Laurence, Work and Learning office,
95 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Please phone Rosie on 0490 121 917 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Frankston North

Open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am – 5pm
Mahogany Rise Primary, Child and Family Centre,
25 Jenkins St, Frankston North
Please phone Lina on 0490 121 801 to arrange a time to chat about the program

Pakenham

Open on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 9am – 5pm
Pakenham Living and Learning Centre,
6B Henry St Pakenham
Please phone Lina on 0490 121 801 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Preston

Open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am – 5pm
The Bridge 218 – 220 High St, Preston
Please phone Rosie on 0490 121 917 to arrange a time to chat about the program.

Sunbury

Open on the first and third Tuesday of each month,
9am – 5pm, Sunbury Consulting Suites,
Suite 11, 33-35 Macedon St, Sunbury
Please phone Fattma on 0407 572 731 to arrange a time to chat about the program.


Who is eligible

ParentsNext is for parents who have a child under six years, haven’t had paid work in the last six months and have been receiving the Parenting Payment for the last six months. Other eligibility requirements differ in each region, so please contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Contact

For more information, please contact your local office, or ParentsNext Program Manager Victoria Haggerston
on 0439 730 160 or victoria.haggerston(at)bsl.org.au

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Funded by Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business

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