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What we do

Becoming a parent is an exciting and challenging time and Karitane have been the leaders in parenting services since 1923. We provide education and support on the unique challenges of parenting to mums and dads with children from birth to 5 years of age. All our services are evidence based and delivered by a caring and highly trained professional team of family health nurses, pediatricians, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists offering complete holistic care. Karitane support new parents around sleep and settling, establishing routines, feeding and nutrition, toddler behaviour and pre and post natal anxiety and depression. We are a registered charity, supported by the NSW Ministry of Health and the Department of Family & Community Services. In addition to our government funding, much of our work is thanks to donations from individuals and organisations.

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Sleep and Settling

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Sleep and Settling

There are many ways you can support your child going to sleep, finding the strategy that best suits you and your family can be challenging. At Karitane we use strategies which respond to your baby’s cues.

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Establishing a Routine

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Establishing a Routine

Routines are beneficial for all ages. Predictability helps your baby feel safe and secure and promotes winding down for sleep.

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Feeding

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Feeding

Breastfeeding is recommended from birth to 12 months and beyond as long as mum and baby are happy to continue. To meet your babies nutritional and developmental needs introduce solid foods from around 6 months.

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Toddlers

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Toddlers

The toddler years can be a challenging time for parents, as toddlers mature and begin to explore the world they will experience a whole new range of emotions which may be difficult for them to manage.

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Development Milestones

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Development Milestones

Milestones are only a guide as all babies grow and develop at a different rate. Parents play an important role in encouraging their babies development through interactions and play.

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Adjusting to Parenthood

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Adjusting to Parenthood

Becoming a parent is a time of change with new challenges and responsibilities. Stress and difficulties adjusting to being a parent can occur during pregnancy or postnatally.

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How We Help Parents

Our caring healthcare professionals guide, support and educate families through our parenting centres, residential services, mental health centre, specialized toddler clinics and community outreach programs. Our community programs, parenting courses and care line do not require a referral however parenting centres, residential services, mental health service and toddler clinic require a referral from a health professional e.g. GP, Child and Family Health Nurse, Social Worker

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Parenting Centres

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Parenting Centres

Karitane Parenting Centres empower families by providing parenting education, support and guidance in a relaxed environment. They provide support to families with children from newborn to 5 years.

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Residential Services

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Residential Services

This is a 3 to 4 night stay that guides parents through difficult parenting concerns. This is for families with children newborn to 4 years.

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Mental Health Services

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Mental Health Services

Depression or anxiety with the stress and difficulties adjusting to being a parent can occur during pregnancy or postnatal. Many parents suffer in silence, seeking help early is really important.

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Toddler Clinic

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Toddler Clinic

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is based on play and aims to increase positive and reduce negative behaviours by strengthening the parent-child relationship, giving you strategies to better manage your child.

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Community Programs

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Community Programs

Covering South West and South East suburbs of Sydney, Karitane provides a comprehensive range of community groups designed to support parents in their parenting role.

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Parenting Courses

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Parenting Courses

Karitane offers a range of evidence based programs designed to support parents in their role as parents. This includes; Feeding Your Child, Bringing Your Baby Home, Multiple Births, Sleep and Settling, Circle of Security, Tuning into Kids.

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For Professionals

Karitane offers professional development and training to healthcare professionals including nurses, psychologists, nannies, childcare workers and others across Australia. Our leadership in education also includes the delivery of parent-child interaction therapy training (PCIT), family partnership training, and specialized workshops, on sleep and settling, toddlers and brain development. Karitane is involved in developing and deploying latest research to ensure all evidence based programs are up to date.

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Professional Development

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Professional Development

Karitane offers professional development and training to professionals across Australia. Our leadership in education includes the delivery of PCIT, family partnership training, toddler, sleep and settling, brain development workshops.

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Supporting Parents at Work

Supporting parents benefiting business is a Karitane service working with organisations providing practical and professional advice, education, and support to employees and managers navigating the challenge of balancing parenting and career. This support is delivered in flexible formats to help organisations improve diversity and return to work, improve employee wellbeing, reduce stress and absenteeism, reduce staff turnover and maximise employee focus and productivity.

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Parenting and Business

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Parenting and Business

Supporting parents at work improves business. It can improve diversity, staff well-being, reduces absenteeism, reduce turnover and increase return to work.

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Business Support Package

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Business Support Package

We work with companies to providing practical and professional advice, education, and support to employees and managers navigating the challenge of balancing parenting with a career.

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Partnering Organisations

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Partnering Organisations

Organisations already experiencing the benefits of Karitane Business Support Packages including DuluxGroup, KPMG and Commonwealth Bank.

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