Bilingual Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program was originally developed in Canada. It has been running as a formal program now for 20 years. Usually a Mother Goose program is held in small groups of up to 8 families for parents/carers and their infants or young children (from newborn to 4 years of age). Parent-child Mother Goose provides a non-judgmental and safe environment for families to develop and facilitate healthy attachments with their children in a language rich environment. The Victorian College for the Deaf  has adapted this program for a bilingual context using Australian Sign Language or Auslan and English.

Each session runs for 1.5 hours on a weekly basis.

What should I expect?

Story telling is an integral part of the program. It is based on the principles of active listening and watching as well as participation using Auslan and spoken English through:

  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Stories
  • Songs
  • Patterns and Repetition

The program encourages connections through rhythm, sound, interactive play and meaning of language to help parents/carers experience joy with their child.

How does a Bilingual Mother Goose program benefit me and my family?

Child Development

  • Increased confidence and self esteem
  • Improved language and communication skills through Auslan and English


  • Access to Deaf and Hearing, Mother Goose trained staff
  • Enhance interactions with children
  • Greater awareness of children’s non-verbal cues and behaviours
  • Improvement in parenting knowledge and confidence
  • New strategies for playing with language through rhyme and story telling as a way to entertain, develop and assist with parenting
  • Improvement in parents’ knowledge, understanding and confidence in using Auslan with their children
  • Increased social support and connection with other parents

Who can participate?

The program is open to all mothers, fathers and carers and their children. Those who may have particular interest in this program may include:

  • Deaf families with Deaf children using Auslan
  • Hearing families with Deaf children using Auslan or interested in using Auslan
  • Deaf families with hearing children using Auslan
  • Hearing families with hearing children using Auslan or interested in using Auslan

I need to find out more.

Please open the link for flyer: Mother goose flyer

Please open the link for registration form: Mother goose registration form