Parenting Programme

Index

  1. Preface
  2. Overview of the Parenting Programme
    1. Educational Materials on Child Development and Parenting
    2. 'Happy Parenting!' Workshops
    3. Individual counselling
    4. Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P)
  3. The Integrated Child Health and Development Programme (0-5 Years)

Preface

Parents play an important role in nurturing their offspring. In the 21st century, parents face even more challenges. It is crucial to provide a stable and loving environment for children. Research has shown that children growing up in such family environment are more likely to develop better interpersonal relationships and have higher achievement in the future.

To equip parents (including caregivers) with the necessary knowledge and skills to bring up happy and well-adjusted children, the Family Health Service of Department of Health has developed a Parenting Programme for parents attending the Maternal and Child Health Centres (MCHCs) during the antenatal period, and throughout the pre-school years of children. The programme is delivered through a series of comprehensive educational materials, workshops and individual counselling.

Overview of the Parenting Programme

A. Educational Materials on Child Development and Parenting

Parents of all children attending MCHCs will receive anticipatory guidance supplemented by comprehensive information leaflets, audiovisual materials and web-based materials on child development, parent-child relationship, breastfeeding and other common childcare issues appropriate to the age of the child.

Leaflets (http://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/health_info/class_topic/class_topic.html)
Parenting
Newborn Care
Breastfeeding
Nutrition
Home Safety
Oral Health
Immunisation
Child Development
Hearing
Vision
Developmental Surveillance Scheme (DSS)

Audiovisual Materials (available in Cantonese and some with Putonghua and English) (http://www.fhs.gov.hk/english/mulit_med/child_health.html)
Parenting

  • Child Care
  • Parent-Child interaction

Child Development
Healthy Infant and Young Child Feeding

  • Breastfeeding
  • Transitional Feeding (6 to 24 months)

Immunisation
Maternal and Child Health Centre Service

Parent-Child e-Link (http://parentelink.familyhealthservice.gov.hk)

This parenting e-newsletter contains a number of hyperlinks to connect readers to knowledge on stages of child development, childcare issues, skills on child stimulation and parent-child communication. Through a simple registration procedure, parents will receive regular parenting information according to the age of the child registered. There is a different edition for child-related professionals too.

Parenting Made Easy (http://ecourse.familyhealthservice.gov.hk/en)

An interactive parenting e-learning course allows parents all-time access to parenting information at their choice. It brings to you evidence-based and practical parenting knowledge and skills through numerous animations, videos, interactive games and hyperlinks. With simple clicks, users will be able to get hold of parenting tips to enhance their confidence in childcare and child guidance and bring up healthy, happy and well-adjusted children.
Answer the quiz at the end of each stage of the course and celebrate your achievement by printing a certificate.

24-Hour Information Hotline

We have set up a 24-hour hotline with recorded information in Cantonese, Putonghua and English on commonly asked questions relating to breasfeeding, childcare, growth and nutrition, immunisation, parenting and child development. Please call at 2112 9900.

Breastfeeding Hotline

For breastfeeding problems, please call at: 3618 7450 / 2961 8868

B. 'Happy Parenting!' Workshops (available in Cantonese only)

It is designed for parents (especially first-time parents) of all children attending MCHCs. This includes a series of workshops to cater for the needs of parents-to-be and parents with children of different age groups. Parents will receive anticipatory guidance in childcare and parenting specific to the age of their child. An interactive approach is adopted with sharing, discussion and role play exercises.

C. Individual Counselling

The medical and nursing staff will discuss and provide guidance to parents on childcare and parenting issues raised upon their visit.

D. Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) (available in Cantonese only)

This is an intensive programme for parents of children with early signs of behaviour problems or those who encounter difficulties in parenting. Through introducing the principles of positive parenting, the programme aims to enhance parent-child communication and the use of non-hurtful child behaviour management.

You are welcome to contact our MCHC staff for enrolment details or any other queries about the above services.

The Integrated Child Health and Development Programme (0-5 years) in Maternal and Child Health Centre, Department of Health

Age of child receiving service

AN 0 m 1 m 2 m 4 m 6 m 9m 12m 18m 2yr 3yr 4yr 5yr
    Immunisation Immunisation Immunisation Immunisation   Immunisation Immunisation        
  First Health Consultation                  
  Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment   Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment     Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment  
      (Developmental surveillance if indicated) (Developmental surveillance if indicated) Developmental surveillance (Developmental surveillance if indicated) Developmental surveillance Developmental surveillance (Developmental surveillance if indicated) (Developmental surveillance if indicated) (Developmental surveillance if indicated) (Developmental surveillance if indicated)
  Hearing screening (Automated Otoacoustic Emission)               Preschool Vision Screening (Parents fill child health questionnaire at first vision visit)  
Parenting education Parenting education Parenting education Parenting education Parenting education Parenting education (Parenting education if indicated) Parenting education Parenting education (Parenting education if indicated) (Parenting education if indicated) Parenting education if indicated (Parenting education if indicated)

 

Immunisation

Immunisation

Hearing screening (Automated Otoacoustic Emission)

Hearing screening (Automated Otoacoustic Emission)

First Health Consultation

First Health Consultation

Preschool Vision Screening (Parents fill child health questionnaire at first vision visit)

Preschool Vision Screening (Parents fill child health questionnaire at first vision visit)

Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment

Growth monitoring and Diet Assessment

Parenting education

Parenting education

Developmental surveillance

Developmental surveillance

AN

Antenatal

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If indicated

The programme schedule may be subject to change.

(Content revised 02/2014)