SRF Program

  • Parents Building Solutions (PBS)

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsive engagement, Equity and diversity, Partnerships with professionals. 

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    ​Parents Building Solutions (PBS) is a strengths-based, developmental parenting program that builds on the existing skill base of parents/carers. It aims to strengthen child development and wellbeing through enhanced parenting skills and family relationships. Each program is co-designed with parents attending to develop a customised program that meets individual needs.

    The program runs for 2-hours per week for six weeks. One-off workshops (2-hours commitment) can also be delivered on selected topics.

    The program involves evidence-based strategies that include:

    • understanding and acknowledging existing strengths, skills and experiences

    • harnessing the strengths and knowledge within the group to share learning

    • connecting new knowledge to existing experiences

    • selecting group activities that scaffold current knowledge and skills

    • experiential learning and practice of skills

    Detailed Costs

    ​Six week program (six x 2-hour sessions) for up to 12 participants: $4,166 (excluding GST)

    Two hour workshop on selected topics for up to 15 participants: $701.90 (excluding GST)

    If required, the following will affect the price:

    • Travel 

    • Interpreting costs: If required interpreting can be arranged at industry rates through Victorian Interpreting and Translating Service (VITS) LanguageLoop

    • Venue hire: Parents Building Solutions can be delivered at your early years’ service, if suitable. If a venue is required (for example, local council venue or library) additional charges may apply.

    • Catering: if required to be supplied by Anglicare Victoria will incur a cost

    • Second facilitator

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: parents and carers with a wide variety of backgrounds, including diverse family constellations as well as multi-generational parenting, kinship carers and foster carers, LGBTIQ families, Aboriginal families (in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations), migrant and newly arrived communities across Melbourne, parents of children with a disability, parents with mental health difficulties, parents with language and communication needs, and families experiencing hardship and adversity.

    Program adaptability: the PBS program can be delivered online to metropolitan, regional or rural Victoria, or face-to-face within metropolitan Melbourne and Inner Gippsland. Face-to-face delivery may also be negotiated in other regional Victoria settings, but this will incur additional travel and accommodation costs. 

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill in determining the cost of accessing this training.

    Factors to consider: a minimum of eight participants is required. For additional participants, a second facilitator may be required, allowing up to 24 participants to attend.  

    Tools and systems: if delivered online, parents will require a computer with access to the internet and Zoom.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional) Access and inclusion

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 3 - Promising research evidence