Services for Young People and Families

Services in the City of Yarra have made changes to help promote good health and limit the impacts of the coronavirus.  Links for each service provide the most current information available.

Information sheets in multiple languages Support for Families during COVID-19

These information sheets Support for families in Yarra provide a range of trusted, local information and support for families.  These have been produced in the following languages:

Information Sheets for Young People during COVID-19

At times like this many of us need a bit of extra support.  Below are links to free services and supports for young people in and around the City of Yarra.

Support for Young People.

Maternal and Child health

Service changes – 17 June 2020

In line with the state wide guidelines for the service, we'll be returning to face to face appointments for our key age and stage appointments gradually over the coming weeks.  From Wednesday 17 June 2 week, 4 week, 8 week and 4 month appointments will be at your local maternal and child health centre.  Home visits will occur at your local MCH centre.

You can contact the maternal and child health booking line Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or via email or phone 03 9205 5599. 

Changes to MCH Service.

First-time parent group

All face-to-face groups have been suspended. Online first time parent group model being trialled. Please contact MCH Bookings for further information – 03 9205 5599.


Community and supported Playgroups are currently not running.

Although playgroups are not able to meet indoors in the COVID-19 environment, we are still actively working to link Yarra families with relevant parenting information, resources, services and programs.  

We are continuing to support families already connected with our supported playgroups, as well as accepting new referrals for our supported playgroups so that families can participate in these when they resume.

Our supported playgroup facilitators are all working remotely via phone, email and other platforms to meet the needs of families and to keep groups connected.  We can also support families in community playgroups, where required. 

Should you require further information, please contact us on 03 9205 5493 or [email protected]

Playgroup Victoria and Raising Children have published some wonderful play at home ideas for families at home together. 

We are working towards reopening council venues for playgroups to resume meeting and will update our website and contact existing groups directly.


Childcare and Kindergarten

Yarra’s children’s centres and kindergartens are currently open.  There may be some changes to specific programs – contact your centre before you visit for more information.



DET information about Childcare and Kindergarten can be translated by clicking Select Language in bottom right hand corner of webpage.

Primary and Secondary Schools

Information from the Department of Education Victoria.


Public immunisation sessions available – schedule available in link below


Community Health Centres

North Richmond Community Health Centre and Cohealth continue to provide services.  Please see their websites for more information.

North Richmond Community Health

Cohealth Collingwood and Fitzroy

Toy libraries

All Toy libraries are closed until further notice.

Neighbourhood houses

Please see the Neighbourhood houses and learning centres page for information about online programs and newsletters. 

English classes

Information about English adult education classes please visit the Carringbush Adult Education website.

Phone: 03 9421 2392

Email: [email protected]

General service information

You can visit the Ask Izzy website for health, housing, family violence, legal issues and much more located according to your postcode.


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