This easy to read and colourful series of booklets help Aboriginal families, parents and carers with parenting tips and family information to help grow up strong healthy kids.
The books talks about how families can help babies to grow up strong by spending time with them—cuddling, playing, singing, reading, listening, telling stories and talking.
Our Aboriginal resources have been written in collaboration with different Aboriginal communities to ensure that they reflect the different Aboriginal languages in NSW and also include photos of Aboriginal families local to the regions. An evaluation of these books was completed in 2011 and the final report is now available.
The booklets also provide useful contacts for Aboriginal organisations in the local regions.
Illawarra and Shoalhaven
Growing Up Strong Booris – basic child development information for Aboriginal families in a simple format using words from the Wandanian and Dharawal languages.
Darkinyung Yada Gudjagang: Strong Healthy Kids – information for Aboriginal families in the Darkinyung language. Talks about how we can help Gudjagang to grow up strong by spending time with them.
Growing Up Strong Wonai – languages from both the Awabakal and Worimi people and information about how we can help our Burray and Wonai to grow up strong by spending time with them.
Mid North Coast
Happy Gamambi, Healthy Dhalayi, Strong Burray – offers information about child development and includes words from three Aboriginal languages of Gumbaynggirr, Dhanggati and Gathang.
Growing Up Strong Cuchicums – contains ideas about activities for children and basic child development information using words from the Guringai and Dharug languages.
South East Sydney
Deadly Healthy Bubs – includes information about what bubs do at different stages, ideas about things we can do with our bubs, games and activities and contacts to help with parenting.
South West Sydney
Growing Up Strong Kooris – basic child development information and ideas for activities and games that Aboriginal parents and carers can play to help little Kooris grow up strong.
South East NSW
Growing Up Strong Booris – offers basic child development information in a simple format and uses words from the Dhurga language which is one of the four dialects used by the Djuwin (Yuin) people.
Sydney Inner West
Growing Up Strong Guring – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Eora language.
Western Sydney & Blue Mountains
Growing Up Strong and Healthy Bubs – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Dharug language.
Far Western NSW
Growing Up Strong Birrali and Gundanoo – resource for Aboriginal and family workers in the Far West region of NSW: Goodooga and surrounding districts.
North Coast of NSW
Doordarnbee Muggy Jarjums: Growing Up Strong Jarjums – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Bundjalung language and Yaegl dialect.
New England area
Bubaa Ngambaa Gaayili, Father Mother Child – offers basic child development information in a simple format incorporating the Gamilaraay and Nganyawana languages.
Riverina, Murray and Central West
Growing Up Strong Buraay – offers information on children's behaviour and how best to care for them, together with ideas for simple games and activities, incorporating Wiradjuri language terms.
Other resources for Aboriginal families
Games cards – simple games to play with babies and toddlers