Being a parent is rewarding and challenging. At times you might need extra support. On this page, you can find helpful newsletters, websites, and telephone services on a range of topics.


The Department has produced newsletters to assist you to:

  • gain a deeper understanding of your child’s learning and development in the early years and look for opportunities to complement and support their existing strengths and abilities
  • understand the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) and how it relates to your child’s learning and development.

The newsletters aim to provide you with the information you need during an important period in your child’s life, and to facilitate conversations between you and your child’s early childhood provider about your child’s learning and development.

To access the newsletters, see:

  1. Early childhood learning (docx - 275.67kb)
  2. Helping your child to have a strong sense of identity (docx - 12.14mb)
  3. Helping your child to connect and contribute to the world (docx - 307.5kb)
  4. Helping your child to have a strong sense of wellbeing (docx - 339.62kb)
  5. Helping your child to be an effective communicator (docx - 328.67kb)
  6. Helping your child be a confident and involved learner (docx - 347.55kb)
  7. How do you see your child? (docx - 218.81kb)
  8. Your child is unique (docx - 236.71kb)
  9. Responding to your baby - how love leads to learning (docx - 244.83kb)
  10. Your child's most important teacher (docx - 228.7kb)
  11. Learning through play (docx - 221.91kb)
  12. Everyday learning (docx - 275.97kb)
  13. Encouraging your child's strengths and interests (docx - 228.23kb)
  14. 'I can do it myself!' Encouraging your child's independence (docx - 259.35kb)
  15. Supporting your child to make decisions (docx - 234.14kb)
  16. Building your child's resilience (docx - 225.26kb)
  17. Learning to get along (docx - 1.99mb)
  18. Having conversations with your child (docx - 553.85kb)
  19. Sharing books with your child (docx - 354.09kb)
  20. Screen time (docx - 364.73kb)
  21. Encouraging your child to be active (docx - 963.89kb)
  22. What does high-quality early childhood education and care look like? (docx - 886.15kb)
  23. Partnerships: working together (docx - 2.54mb)
  24. Courageous conversations: talking with your child's educator (docx - 288.96kb)
  25. Time to say goodbye - helping your child manage separations (docx - 1.41mb)
  26. Encouraging children to cope with their feelings (docx - 668.7kb)


If you have any concerns regarding parenting, please contact Parentline Victoria, a statewide telephone counselling service for parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years.

13 22 89 - 8am to midnight, 7 days a week

MCH Hotline

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Line is a 24 hour, 7 day a week statewide telephone service available to Victorian families with children from birth to school age. Staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses who provide information, support and guidance regarding child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal and family health and parenting.

13 22 29 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Parenting Websites