The Victorian Department of Education and Training has launched a new parenting website to improve parents and carers’ access to reliable, evidence-based information and advice on raising young children.
Raising children often involves navigating some choppy waters, and children thrive when their parents and carers have access to high quality information and support.
The website aims to address concerns about the growing amount of parenting information and advice available online – information that isn’t always accurate or evidence-based.
Parents are increasingly going online for advice about raising their young children, but they report that it can be a struggle to know what information to trust.
The new website gives parents confidence that they’re accessing information they can rely on.
The launch of the website builds on the recently released Maternal and Child Health app and recognises the importance of providing information and support for parents to access at times and places that suit them.
The parenting website includes parent-friendly information and advice about choosing early childhood education and care services as well as information on sleep, safety, health and nutrition, and behaviour and development for children up to five years of age.
It also provides information on services and supports for parents in Victoria such as the MCH Service, MCH Line, and Parentline, and links to other reliable websites where users can access more detailed information and advice such as Raising Children Network and Better Health Channel.
The website will be updated and expanded over time in response to families’ needs.