“Early parenthood is a life-changing experience into which we all go unrehearsed”

Franklin Family Support Services provide a number of Parenting Programmes:

  • Baby and You
  • Incredible Years 3 - 8
  • Hoki ki te rito

We also have a second hand shop 'Tamariki Junction' that offers good quality clothes, shoes, bedding and toys for children 0-6 years old, in addition to offering a drop in centre with changing station, feeding room, and parenting information.


Download this free ebook resource, "The Pocket Guide to Parenting - practical, actionable tips you can use  to help your family live each day more fully."

Pocket Guide Parenting-EBook.pdf


The Parenting Passport

Parenthood is both a fantastic and daunting journey. There are many services and supports available to help along the way, but how do you access them? The Parenting Passport uses a Navigator to guide individuals through their options of destinations on the road map of courses, support groups and networks. The Parenting Passport records the information about the suggested destination and can include photos of activities undertaken - providing a keepsake for the future. The Parenting Passport is available to anyone living in the Franklin District, who is the parent/caregiver of a child aged between 0-6 years.

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Baby and You

In conjunction with the Franklin Parents Centre, this programme covers the exciting yet challenging early months of baby's life.From the transition to parenthood to feeding and sleeping, infant care, baby massage, first aid and much more, 5 sessions will provide you with information to assist you on your journey. A Dad's evening will also be offered that provides an opportunity to ask questions about baby's development and the transition to fatherhood. A St John's representative will also discuss important first aid topics.

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Incredible Years 3 – 8

Incredible Years is a 14 week fully funded parenting programme for parents of children aged 3-8 years. It involves weekly sessions of around two hours. Over the weeks, parents develop strategies to build positive relationships with their children and to manage problem behaviours. They come to group sessions each week, talk through what has, or hasn't worked, set goals for what they want to happen and ways to achieve those goals during the following week.

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Hoki ki te rito

Hoki ki te rito is a free one-day-a-week programme run over 14 weeks to support families who are experiencing parenting problems with children aged under five. The programme has a proven track record of engaging families and helping them improve their relationships with their children, by building on their own strengths to learn to parent well. Mellow Parenting is suitable for families where there may be domestic violence, child abuse, mental health problems or difficulties between immediate or extended family members.

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