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What's On For Families: 
Special COVID-19 edition January 2021

We are continuing to change and adapt the way we provide support to families and children in Darebin in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this edition of What's On For Families, you will see that we have a broader range of services, events and activities to support families and children in our community this month.

For more information about changes to Council services, please visit or call our friendly Customer Service team on 8470 8888. For updates, health advice and translated material regarding COVID-19, please visit the website for Department of Health and Human Services Victoria, which is the lead authority.

Acknowledgement of Country

Service Updates

Emergency Food Relief

Outdoor Capoeira Sessions

11, 12, 18 & 19 January 2021
Reservoir and Northcote
(Time & Location TBA)

Suitable for 0-4 years age group

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. The sessions are focused on simple percussion, singing and physical movement for young children in a fun family atmosphere. Suitable for toddlers and pre-school aged children of all abilities. Facilitated by a qualified Capoeira Instructor and Musician, Yusuke Akai and a Darebin Supported Playgroups facilitator.

Bookings essential. For more information and/or to register email the Early Years Team at 

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Darebin Libraries School Holiday Program

Branch Out

Multicultural Festival - The Whole Village into One Digital Stage’

18 - 22 January 2021
10am - 2pm

Tapestry Classes

For women and girls from refugee & asylum seeker backgrounds and those who live in isolation.

Every Monday starting from 1 February 2021
10.00am - 12.00pm

Darebin Intercultural Centre (59a Roseberry Avenue, Preston)

Open to women and girls from refugee & asylum seeker backgrounds and those who live in isolation. Come along and learn Tapestry in a friendly, safe environment. Classes are free of charge and all tools & materials provided. Please note there is no babysitting services, due to safety reasons, women cannot bring their children to the classes.

Numbers are limited, bookings essential. To register call Rosa Vasseghi on 0423 060 989. You can also discuss with Rosa opportunities to do the classes through Zoom.

The classes are supported by Foundation House, City of Darebin, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health & Ava-Iranian Women’s tapestries.

Sustainable Darebin Map

What’s under the reeds at Merri Park wetland

Tuesday 2 February 2021
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Keep Cool in Darebin – Connie’s Tips

Darebin Toy Library

Darebin Toy Library will remain closed until the end of January 2021.  Any urgent returns of toys and equipment can be organised with the Toy Library Officer on a pre-arranged appointment basis.  The Toy Library service is currently under review.  The experience of families accessing the Toy Library is important to us, hence, the review will consult with current and future service users. During the service review the Toy Library will re-open in Northcote with a modified service, which will include pre-arranged appointments for borrowing and returns of toys and equipment.  Further updates will be provided to members via email and to the community via our website.

All enquiries regarding the Darebin Toy Library can be directed to the Toy Library Officer at

Supported Playgroups and Community Playgroups update during the pandemic restrictions

Supported Playgroups 
Supported playgroups will resume face-to-face delivery of playgroups in Term 1, 2021. We are pleased to announce that our ten supported playgroups will be delivered across a range of venues in Thornbury, Preston, Bundoora and Reservoir which will afford both indoor and outdoor play experiences. We have vacancies in most of our supported playgroups, please email our team at if you are interested in participating in this program.   

Community Playgroups

Face-to-face community playgroup sessions are expected to resume in Term 1, 2021.  As at the time of writing, social distancing, wearing face masks and infection control procedures apply.  

Playgroup Victoria is aware that community playgroups may be impacted by limited venue availability and has suggested that playgroups meet in outdoor settings as much as possible. Playgroup Victoria has published resources to support outdoor playgroups and will also continue to provide online playgroups until further notice. 

Please continue to check the latest updates on COVID-19 activity restrictions at DHHS website or call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. 

Early Years Parenting Programs

A combination of online and face to face parenting information sessions will be scheduled in 2021.  Should you wish to provide suggestions for our Early Years Parenting Programs for 2021, please email your feedback to the Early Years team at
Over the summer, we are delivering Outdoor Capoeira sessions for families with children aged 0-4 years in Reservoir and Northcote.  Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art which combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.  Bookings are essential for these COVID-safe sessions and can be made via email to

Darebin Immunisation Service

Darebin Maternal and Child Health Service

Darebin Council's Maternal and Child Health service is once again able to see all families at a local MCH centre near you. This includes visits to the centre to weigh babies and children from birth to 3.5 years. New parents groups will be held again in 2021 in suitable venues to allow for social distancing requirements and home visits will also resume in line with current DHHS guidelines. Teleheath consultations and online information sessions will also continue to be offered. Stay tuned for more information about MCH service delivery in 2021.

For all enquiries and bookings please call 8470 8298 or email us at 
In addition you can download the free MCH app for trusted information matched to the age of your child, at your fingertips!  There is also the confidential, 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line you can call to get free information and advice about the care and health of your child (from birth to school age). The number is 13 22 29.

Darebin Kindergarten Registration

Resources for parents and families

Newly added resources:  Regular links below:

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