Information for parents and carers

Banner with the text Growing up in Bean and an image of parents and their children enjoying a story.

Growing up in Bean. An event for expecting parents and young families in Canberra's south.

It takes a community to raise a child. Growing up in Bean is all about providing expecting parents and carers and young families the connections to support, information, local services and activities available to them as they raise their babies in our community.  

David Smith MP, Federal Member for Bean, invites expecting parents and local families with babies and toddlers to take part in a free community event, Growing up in Bean: to welcome the babies of the electorate of Bean in the ACT (Tuggeranong, Woden, Weston Creek, Molonglo and Tharwa). 

Friday 28 June 2024

South.Point Tuggeranong
Level 1, outside Big W and Cotton On. 

Parents and caregivers in Bean who have had a baby in the last two years or are having a baby soon.

Please join us for a free drop-in event hosted by David Smith MP, Federal Member for Bean. There will be fun for everyone! What can you expect?

  • a free family photograph taken at the event
  • a commemorative certificate for your child and gift (by prior registration)
  • morning tea
  • chat with service providers including Services Australia, ACT Health and Kidsafe
  • play with your little one with free kids activities.

The Growing up in Bean booklet with 70+ pages of information for local families will also be provided to all attendees.

Feel free to just drop by on the morning.


Request a copy of Growing up in Bean. A guide for new parents and caregivers.

I have developed a guide to provide information for parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers living in the Bean electorate (Woden, Weston Creek, Tuggeranong, Tharwa and Norfolk Island).

I know from experience that bringing up a child is one of the most exciting and rewarding times in a person's life, but comes with significant challenges.

The guide aims to help you navigate your way through the early stages of parenting and caring. I hope it assists you in connecting with relevant supports, services and community groups.

It includes information on:

  • looking after your health
  • child health and safety
  • environmental health
  • early childhood education and care
  • financial tips, and
  • phone numbers and website links you might find useful.

To request a copy of the Growing up in Bean guide please fill out the form on this page.

Let us know at the end of the form (in the mail/collect field) whether you would like the kit mailed to your home or if you would like to collect it from my office.

All the very best with the new addition to your family.

David Smith MP