Programmes and Courses for Parents

Local courses for parents and online advice

The Parenting Place is Kiwi inspired and offers families advice and Toolbox Parent education courses.

The Toolbox courses are run regularly in the Hutt Valley by trained, local parents.  They are designed to inspire, equip and encourage you in your parenting journey. Check out what the courses cover for early years toolbox, middle year toolboxBuilding Awesome Whānau, tween and teens toolboxtoolbox for caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Regular courses (see their website for details):

  • Parenting the Early Years (0-6 years)
  • Parenting the Middle Years (6-12 years)
  • Building Awesome Whānau (0-12 years)

Bookings are essential. Cost is $75 for individuals or $110 per couple (subsidies are available). Free for foster and adoptive parents and grandparents raising grandchildren, thanks to government funding. To find out more, visit the links above, or contact Natalie on 04 934 8483, or email

The Parenting Place also offers resources including books and online videos.

“ I came to the course because I felt that my 3 year old was driving me insane and I wasn’t enjoying my role as a parent. I wanted an instant magic solution. What I got was so much better – understanding, coping strategies, tools, direction. Now just a few weeks later I can turn situations around, am investing in my children, am more positive and actually enjoying my parenting more. It has united my husband and I and given us a common direction with fantastic results in our family.”

Family coaches are available via Skype, phone or email to offer support, guidance and mentoring to parents who are challenged by their child's behaviour. 

“The best part is knowing that I don’t have to feel out of my depth with parenting – there are tools and strategies I can look into”

They also have a good range of resources, including videos you can watch online. Video topics inlude:

  • Blended Family Success
  • Parenting with the Ex Factor

To find out more about how the Parenting Place can help you contact the local coordinator Natalie Alabaster on 04 934 8483 or

Parenting programmes

Incredible Years parenting programmes are run in many regions of New Zealand, including the Hutt Valley and are free for families with children 3-7 years of age. See information here on the parent programme. Contact Incredible Years to find out when their next parenting courses are running in Lower Hutt or Petone, or contact Family Works on 528 4164, or email them and ask about Incredible Years programmes running in Upper Hutt.

Naku Enei Tamariki Inc (NET) run an 8 week parenting an education support programme every Monday from 6:30pm - 8pm at the NET office, 25 Peterkin Street, Wingate. The Circle of Security Parenting® DVD programme is a “must see” for parents of young children, focusing on how parent/child relationships can be strengthened, this approach teaches parents new ways to understand children’s needs and behaviour and offers effective ways to respond to these needs and behaviours Kay and Lynda are Registered Circle of Security Parent Educators.
To register your interest contact Kay or Lynda, Ph 939-9257. Or email or Lynda

For teen parents

Hutt Valley Teen Parent Programme is a fantastic programme for teen parents operating through Heretaunga College. Offers education and childcare services to support teenage parents continue their education in a supportive environment. Upper Hutt teen parent programme, 34 Miro St, Trentham, Upper Hutt. Phone Debbie Whiteley on 04 528 8977.

Ministry of Justice "Parenting Through Separation Programme"

The "Parenting Through Separation Programme" is a free four hour long programme, taught across two sessions. The programme focuses on equipping parents with knowledge of how to help their children when going through a separation. for more information visit the Family court of New Zealand website.

Free budgeting and legal advice for all

Need some help with budgeting or legal advice? CAB offers free budget service Mon-Fri and legal advice every Thursday at 6pm. Go to to find a Bureau in your area.

The Wainuiomata Community Centre also offers budget advice and legal advice Monday to Fridays (though times do vary, so call the centre to find out more).

Community Law provides free legal advice to the Hutt Valley and greater Wellington region. Community law frequently run seminars and workshops open to the public, including their Law for lunch series.

For more information about the services Community Law provide visit

Mentor support for parents

Freshperspective mentoring is one of the ways to support parents and caregivers in our community that is safe and well supported. Mentors spend an hour or two a week walking alongside another parent simply doing the stuff of life together for a while. for more information visit their website:, or email or phone 0800 555 300. Referrals are to be made through an agency worker by filling out a referral form.