SRF Program

  • Parent-Child Mother Goose Australia

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children interact verbally and non-verbally with others for a range of purposes.


    Parent–Child Mother Goose (P-CMG) is a weekly group program that aims to strengthen attachment and interaction between parents/carers and their young children (typically birth to four years old) by introducing them to the pleasure and power of sharing rhymes, songs and stories together. The program is run by two trained facilitators. There is no cost to families that attend the program.

    Educators who undertake P-CMG's level one two-day training are qualified to run the Parent-Child Mother Goose program which:

    • supports the development of secure parent–child attachment
    • promotes children's language development
    • enhances families' community inclusion. 

    Detailed Costs

    Two-day level one facilitator training workshop (suburban Melbourne): $410/person.

    Two-day level one facilitator training workshop (regional, rural and remote areas): typically $450 - $520/person (depending on travel and accommodation costs for two trainers).

    Workshop costs include catering for two days, plus program resources. The workshops require a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 participants.

    'Annual gathering' professional development (for trained facilitators currently facilitating a program): $130/person.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: parents/carers of children up to and including four years of age who need extra support because of personal or social circumstances, or because their children have special needs or are otherwise at risk.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: facilitators model and nurture positive and joyful interaction between parents, carers and children, and encourage participants to use their program's songs, stories and rhymes in their daily family routines and interactions with their children. Songs and rhymes are available for free online.

    Program adaptability: core elements include group format; songs, rhymes and storytelling; focus on parent–child interaction; and slow-paced delivery. Adaptations can be made to suit particular user groups and settings.

    Training requirements: both facilitators of a group must have completed Level One training. After running a program for a year, facilitators are encouraged to deepen their knowledge of the program by undertaking Level Two accreditation at no cost.

    Staffing: the program can be delivered by early childhood, primary and special needs educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, early childhood intervention professionals, maternal and child health nurses, psychologists, library practitioners and playgroup leaders. Services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Factors to consider: P-CMG can work with services and their Early Childhood Improvement Branch to help them meet minimum numbers, including by exploring the viability of recruiting additional participants from other services and health providers (for example, maternal and child health nurses, social workers, speech pathologists and primary school teachers).

    Tools and systems: facilitators use planning, reflection and attendance forms. Families are invited to complete feedback forms.

    Strength of Evidence

    Level 3 - Promising research evidence