Toddler Clinic

Karitane responded to COVID-19 with a 100% digital transformation of services to ensure safe and accessible care for families. With the release of the Australian Government’s “3-Step Recovery Plan” we are excited to announce the gradual re-introduction of face-to-face services. We will continue to offer a range of virtual services which have achieved such positive outcomes for families and exceptional feedback. For our introduction of face-to-face services see here.

As COVID-19 continues to put increased pressure on the health system we no longer require a GP/health professional referral. Access for parents still remains easier than ever, parents can self-refer on-line here

Our team of Registered Nurses, Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers work with families using a model called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  PCIT is based on play and aims to increase positive behaviours and reduce the negative behaviours of your toddler by strengthening the parent-child relationship and giving you some strategies to better manage your child.


Karitane Toddler Clinic is now offering FREE I-PCIT (Internet Parent Child Interaction Therapy). Find out more.  

We work with families with children 15 months to 4 years who are displaying behaviour problems, these include:

  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Non-compliance
  • Over-activity
  • Tantrums
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Hyperactivity
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Anxiety and withdrawal

The average treatment program is 6 to 12 weekly sessions for 1 hour. Regular attendance and daily practise of the skills at home are necessary for you and your child to obtain the best results.


What to Expect

The initial appointment at the Toddler Clinic will be for 2 hours and we will use that time to discuss your current concerns.  Your child/children will attend this appointment and will be free to play throughout.  We encourage partners to attend as often two parents in the same home have different ideas about the same behaviours. With your consent, during this appointment we like to complete a short play task that will be recorded.  While this is not a condition for inclusion in the program, it helps us to see how your child plays and how they moves through different tasks.


What to Bring

  • A drink and snack for your child
  • Your child’s “My Personal Health Record" (blue book)
  • The questionnaire that will be sent to you upon acceptance into the program


Age Range

Families with children 15 months to 4 years.


How to start the process / What to do first

A referral is required from your General Practitioner, Paediatrician, Child and Family Health Nurse or any other health professional. This can be completed using a Karitane Referral.  Once we receive this referral, we will phone you to discuss our service and if appropriate book your initial appointment.



Karitane Toddler Clinic is a free health service to the community.


Our Locations and phone numbers

Our Toddler Clinics are located at Carramar and Camden, both of which are in the south west of the Sydney greater metropolitan area.


What Parents Say

  • "Thank you for opening my eyes.  Karitane has improved my relationship with both my children and I know so much more about being a parent now."
  • “I feel more connected to my daughter and I enjoy spending time with her. There has been a noticeable change in her behaviour at home and childcare."
  • “What a fantastic experience! I can be a confident Mum and my son a confident boy thanks to Karitane!"


Training for Professionals

The Toddler Clinic runs one day interactive workshops for health professionals wanting to learn more about PCIT. Click here for more information.

Research on Parenting Toddlers – Recruiting families now

What is the research about?

Karitane invites families to participate in a new program modified specifically for children aged 15 months to 2 years. The Toddler Clinic is a leader in early childhood intervention, providing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for hundreds of families each year.  This research uses key features of the popular PCIT program, but is tailored to work with the unique developmental characteristics of children under 2 years.  During this program we will assist you in managing challenging behaviours including tantrums, defiance, and anger.  We will also look at how toddlers play, manage brief separations from their parents and your own experiences with and reactions to love.


What will my child and I have to do?

There are three components:

– An initial interview with the parent

– Free treatment for child behaviour problems

– Follow-up evaluations

Participation is voluntary and has no influence on your care at Karitane, but it is a great way to contribute to our knowledge on child behaviour and assist with the improvement of our treatment.


Interested? Contact Sue Morgan at 9794 2338 for more information.

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