Esquimalt Neighbourhood House

Monthly Calendar

We offer:

  • Free Family Resource programs
  • Triple P Parenting
  • Prenatal Support

How to Reach Us

Office Hours:

10am-4pm
Monday-Thursday

Address:

511 Constance Avenue
Victoria, BC
V9A 6N5

Phone: 250-385-2635 ext 207
Fax: 250-384-2078

Parenting Support & Education

“We help families build skills in child development and parenting, strengthen support networks and encourage a sense of belonging.”

All of our free Family Resource programs are designed to support parents in their role as a parent, to develop skills and to gain information about community resources for parents, children and families. Our programs can also provide opportunities for parents and children to meet others in a safe and welcoming environment. Our program goals are: to promote secure parent-child attachment, healthy child development and school readiness, confident and positive parenting, family connections to community resources, and positive social support networks.

Our programs include registered groups for both parents and babes/tots, drop in parent and child interactive programs, and parenting groups with child care support.

In addition, individual parenting support is available through appointments or 1:1 sessions.

Participants find out about our programs through our brochures, flyers, web page or calendar, and hear about us from friends and family; other times our programs are recommended by a health practitioner, public health nurse, community worker or an MCFD social worker. Our staff work hard to make participants feel welcomed and supported; if we are unable to provide a parent/family with the kind of support they are looking for, we will try and connect the parent with another suitable community resource. Call us at 250-385-2635 Ext 207 for further information.

All the programs:
- Help participants with bus tickets to get to ENHS and home again if needed;
- Give participants access to our clothing cupboard and emergency food supplies;
- Provide a light meal and/or healthy snack;
- Provide information and referral to other services.

Some of our programs offer food vouchers and additional free resources.

The programs can include the following; please check our Monthly Calendar for program times and dates.

Best Families - A registered group for parents and their babies up to 12 months of age who have been involved in a Best Babies or other similar prenatal program. Educational topics, encouragement and support provided regarding infant safety, breastfeeding, infant feeding, parent coping strategies, healthy lifestyle and positive parenting.

Parent Talk - Esquimalt (formerly known as "Baby Talk" and now being offered in Esquimalt by Esquimalt Neighbourhood House Society's Family Services) - Free drop-in for parents with newborns to active baby (7 - 9 mos.); Mondays 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m. (except statutory holidays) at Esquimalt's Recreation Centre in the Pioneer Room.  Begins February 2015 and runs until June 2015.  Guest speakers, monthly Public Health Nurse visit, opportunities to meet other parents and learn about resources for families in the community.

Everyone Welcome Parent - Child Playgroup - A drop-in parent-child interactive group for parents with children up to 5 years of age; opportunities provided for parents and children to have fun, bond and interact through crafts, circle time, and outside play. Opportunities provided to learn from staff and others through role modeling and in-the-moment learning around positive parenting, child safety and development, and being physically active, while secure parent-child relationships are promoted.

Individual Parenting Support – Individual appointments/ one-to-one sessions offer opportunities for support, learn new parenting strategies, problem solve your child’s behavior and gain parenting confidence, and find ideas for self-care and coping. For parents with children newborn to 12 years of age. The number of sessions is customized to individual parent’s needs; sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours.

Individual parenting support can be include the Triple P Program of 8 to 10 sessions that increases parenting confidence, and aims to make parenting easier. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age. The topics discussed offers ‘suggestions and ideas on positive parenting to help you promote your child’s development and look after yourself as a parent ‘. Sessions can be weekdays, or late afternoon, early evening hours.

Triple P Parenting Seminars – Triple P parenting seminars are available on a regular basis. For parents with children 12 months to 12 years of age.

Check out our calendar for regular programs as well as new additions.