- Pregnancy and parenting support services until your child is 4.
- Services are available in many local government areas.
- Supporting women aged up to 25 who are 26 weeks pregnant or have a child up to 6 weeks of age.
- Referrals to Cradle to Kinder are through Child FIRST.
Pregnancy support, parenting advice and more
Cradle to Kinder is a service for young families that can be accessed from pregnancy until your child reaches 4 years of age.
It offers support to vulnerable families — including those who are at risk of becoming homeless — with case management services by professional staff.
Our services cover a range of areas offering ongoing assistance and parenting advice to new parents. These areas include:
- Pregnancy support — advice and support for the health of you and your baby while you are pregnant.
- Baby care — support in the early months with feeding, sleeping and routine, and in strengthening the relationship between you and your child.
- Gaining and maintaining independence — learn how to look after yourself while juggling the demands of money, home and your child or toddler.
- Child care options — assistance with finding playgroups, childcare and kindergartens.
- Education, training and employment — access high school education, TAFE and university, training, short courses and job seeking programs.
We also assist you in gaining access to a wide range of specialist services, such as:
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Drug and alcohol programs
- Early parenting courses
- Family mediation
- Family violence services
- Housing services
- Maternal and child health nurse
- Maternity hospitals
- Mental health supports
- Relationship and individual counselling
- Sport and cultural activities
- Young mothers’ groups
How to apply
Step 1 — Check your eligibility
You are eligible if you are:
- 25 years or under
- at least 26 weeks pregnant or have a child up to 6 weeks of age
- living in Maribyrnong, Melbourne CBD, Moonee Valley, Hobson’s Bay, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea or Yarra local government area
- in need of pregnancy and parenting support, and/or health and wellbeing support
- wanting to work with us voluntarily
Step 2 — Get in touch
Referrals for Cradle to Kinder are made through the relevant Orange Door or Child FIRST.
This will depend on the area you or the person you support lives at the time of the referral.
Different organisations act as the agent for Child FIRST and Orange Door in different areas.
|Service Areas - Local Government Areas
|1300 775 160
|1300 138 180
|1800 319 355
Alternatively, you can call us on 03 9317 6108 with questions about our baby care support and case management services or get in touch with us via email.
What happens next?
Once you've been referred to the program, you’ll be matched with a key worker who will arrange to visit you.
The key worker will explain the program, discuss expectations and assess your needs.
You’ll then arrange a follow up meeting to set some goals and get started.
Your goals are reviewed every 3 months.