Toolbox Primary Years (5 to 12 years)

Just when we all think we’re getting the hang of this parenting thing, our toddlers become 5-year-olds going on 13-year-olds and we find ourselves facing a whole set of new challenges! Starting school, navigating friendships and deciding how may hours of screen time are too many hours of screen time?

Over six weeks, we’ll cover all of this and more with plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions. We’re sure you’ll come out the other end feeling confident and ready to tackle the primary years with your kids.

Parenting Place is a charity with a heart for New Zealand families. Their programmes relate to those with a newborn, a teenager, a troupe of grandkids, or nieces and nephews, and are designed to inspire, encourage, and support the strengthening of whanau relationships.

Toolbox is one of their most widely delivered programmes.

Leaders are trained through the Parenting Place and Taranaki is lucky to have both Katy Quest and Carla Moore, Caitlin Hocken, Sonya Goodchild and Shell Shaw as accredited programme providers.

Course Outline

6 Week Course – for Parents/Caregivers of Children aged 5-12 years

Toolbox Primary covers a range of topics, including the importance of love and connection, different parenting styles, understanding your child and their big feelings, discipline, boundaries, play and more.

What’s covered in the six sessions?

Session 1 – Understanding love and connection
Session 2 – Understanding yourself as a parent
Session 3 – Understanding our children
Session 4 – Understanding the world they live in
Session 5 – Understanding discipline and boundaries
Session 6 – Understanding a culture of connection

Resources Required

The Toolbox Primary workbook is provided to each participant.


In 6 sessions, over 6 weeks, the Toolbox primary years programme supports the development of a strong and loving bond with your child, and will build your confidence as a parent/caregiver.


Next start date: 2024 dates TBC – email us or click on the button below to let us know you are interested as need minimum numbers to run this course.


The cost is $60 per person, to be paid via invoice to secure your place, with thanks to the Toi Foundation who have funded the $1600 operational costs of this course.

The $60 covers the cost of the detailed workbook that is yours to keep for future reference, this cost goes directly to Parenting Place – if the cost is a barrier, please talk to us to discuss. ❤️

NB – If you have registered with us before, please email us as we already have your details –

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