Services We Provide

How to grow a happy, healthy child

Do you want to be the best parent you can be? Do you have a multitude of questions about how to do this? They say “it takes a village to raise a child”, yet we live in a busy sometimes isolated environment struggling to be the best parent we can be, sometimes with minimal support.

QLFC understands parenting in the Wakatipu. By providing the opportunity to discuss the following topics you will gain the information you need in your strive to be the best parents you can be.

Sessions include:

  • What does your baby need
  • Ages and stages of development
  • How having a baby affects your relationship
  • Positive parenting
  • Raising competent, confident children

These sessions will be run consecutively, you are welcome to attend all or some.
Cost $20 per session or $80 for all 5 sessions
Thursday Eenings: 6.30pm-8.30pm

Let us know your preference
Registration is essencial to book your place.
Email maria.frewen@qlfc.co.nz

The Parenting Series

As  parents we aspire for our children to be confident, to succeed at school and to get along with others.
But how do we actually support our children to achieve this?
Over 3 sessions we aim to address this and other parenting topics.

Session 1 (5th Nov)
The Power of Positive Parenting
Session 2 (12th Nov)
Raising Resilient Children
Session3 (19th Nov)
Raising Confident, Competent Children

Presented by Maria Frewen
Starting: Thursday 5th November 2015 From: 6.30pm-8.30pm
At: Queenstown Lakes Family Centre
Cost $60 per person

Registration is essencial to book your place.
Email maria.frewen@qlfc.co.nz

Transition and Change in Our Children

Transition and change is normal. Transition is a time which is full of opportunity and potential, however, it may also hold uncertainty and anxiety which without the right skills can become overwhelming for our children.

It is widely known and understood that transition and change can have an impact on our children’s ability to cope day to day.

  • Transition difficulties may come from: normal growth and development, changing schools or home; a new sibling, family separation, illness or loss.
  • The impact of transition may cause: confusion, anger, difficult behaviours, sadness, disengagement, clinginess, crying. It may cause difficulty for a child to engage in learning, or develop and maintain friendships.
  • Transitions may also stir uncomfortable feelings in ourselves or uncertainty on how best to support our children through this.

What transitions are happening in your family? How this is impacting on you? On your child?
QLFC is offering the opportunity fro families to explore the impact of normal transition and change on your child and how to teach them the skills they need to be confident, learn resilience and develop healthy supportive friendships.

Registration is essencial to book your place.
Email maria.frewen@qlfc.co.nz

Transition and Change in the Early Childcare setting

It has always been recognised that the transitions from home to early childcare and then on to school are a critical time of change for children, parents and teachers.
While it is generally understood that transition is a time which is full of opportunity and potential, what is less obvious is the transitions that happen within the childcare setting and the impact this has on the children, teachers and parents.

  • Transition difficulties may come from: changes in staff, moving up to a different room or part of your ECE setting, separation from friends, anxiety about going to school, changes at home, for children and staff.
  • The impact of transition can cause: confusion, anger, difficult behaviours, sadness and disengagement, clinginess, cying, reduced ability for a child to engage in meaningful learning experiences.
  • Transitions may also stir uncomfortable feelings in ourselves.

What transitions are happening in your childcare setting? What changes are you noticing? How is this impacting on you? the children in your care?

QLFC are offering the opportunity for teachers and staff to explore the transitions that are happening in your Early Childcare setting.

Registration is essencial to book your place.
Email maria.frewen@qlfc.co.nz

Triple P 

One way Queenstown Lakes Family Centre works to enhance the quality of life of at-risk children is by working with parents and caretakers to enhance parenting skills.   “Triple P”- Positive Parenting Program, www.triplep.net aims to promote caring relationships between parents and children, and helps parents deal with a variety of behaviour problems and common developmental issues. Positive parenting reduces the stress of parenting making parenting more rewarding and enjoyable.

There are 5 core positive parenting principles that form the basis of the programme.  These principles address specific risk and protective factors known to predict positive developmental and mental health outcomes in children.  Many people expect that parenting should come naturally and that effectively disciplining a child and teaching them proper behaviour should come naturally also.  However, in many situations, caretakers need help to learn these skills.

In a lot of cases, we see that the parent’s behaviour actually escalates a situation and intensifies the child’s behaviour. Parents will accidently reward problem behaviour by giving in to a child’s demands or becoming aggressive in some way. For example, if a child is crying loudly and pulling at her mother to give her a toy, the mum may lose her patience and say something like: ‘here, just take it and stop crying.’ This is actually rewarding the child for her negative behaviour.”

QLFC works with parents one-on-one to coach them on ways they can deal with problem behaviours such as tantrums, disrespect, children hurting others, etc. Triple P teaches parents strategies to encourage their child’s social and language skills, emotional self-regulation, independence and problem solving ability.  Attainment of these skills promotes family harmony, reduces parent child conflict, fosters successful peer relationships and prepares children for successful experiences at school.

It is important to get parents to look at their strengths. We all have strengths and being a parent is hard work. Our role is to work with parents to encourage them and build their skills so they feel more successful at parenting. By using practice, tip sheets and working through stressors with parents – the outcome is to enhance the parenting experience.

Parents and caretakers can be referred to for this program by various governmental agencies or may refer themselves.  It is available for parents and caregivers of all ages, even grandparents. Triple P will suit children 0-12 years, there is a teen programme available also.

Triple P Additional Information