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Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK)

Our acclaimed parenting program

Developed and established by Australian Childhood Foundation in 2005, Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) is a long-running and acclaimed program with more than 4,000 registered facilitators trained nationally. It has had more than 50,000 parents benefit from it since it started.

The BUGK Program is an integrated suite of activities and tools that are unique and offer all parents and carers a fresh way to understand and enact relationships with their children.

It has been evaluated and found to be an effective program in supporting the development of mindful and positive relationships between parents/carers and children. Another evaluation is currently underway. If you would like to participate, please click here.

It focuses on building positive and nurturing relationships between parents and their children. The program aims to support parents to review and enhance their patterns of communication with their children, to promote more respectful interactions and encourage the development of children’s positive self-identity.

BUGK is constantly evolving and now has developed into new variations that meet the needs of parents from different backgrounds and with different experiences. It is currently being rolled out in over 600 diverse organisations nationally.

NOTE: The philosophy of the program supports parents/carers accessing the BUGK parenting group free of charge. This means facilitators cannot be paid by charging parents/carers to attend.

Why Bringing Up Great Kids

Independently evaluated

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) has been independently evaluated by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Award winning

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) has won two national awards in Child Protection and Multicultural Engagement.




Identified as an evidence-based program by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services for use by agencies funded through Communities for Children.

Evidence-Based Intervention

An independent evaluation was conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies across 16 sites and included 94 parent participants. Parents reported having a greater awareness of the impact of how they were raised on their current responses and behaviour towards their children. They identified increases in being more mindful, calm and attentive in their interactions with their children. Parents described positive changes in their lives such as less conflict and greater family cohesion and more fun interactions with their children.

It is an identified Evidence-Based Program for Communities for Children Facilitating Partners.

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Learn more about the Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Program

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) is a versatile program that can be delivered to groups and individual parents and carers. It is universally applicable because its narrative and mindful foundation are relevant for parents/carers from various communities.

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Become a Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Facilitator

In order to become a registered Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Facilitator, professionals need to complete the Foundational Training Program.

All registered facilitators will receive access to the ‘Bringing Up Great Kids Parenting Program’ manual, relevant activities and resources.

Being a Registered BUGK Facilitator allows you to engage in more advanced training and access resources that support your continued learning and development.

NOTE: The philosophy of the program supports parents/carers accessing the BUGK parenting group free of charge. This means facilitators cannot be paid by charging parents/carers to attend.

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Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Training

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) training is delivered in virtual classrooms online as well as in person training in venues. All of our training includes the knowledge you need to understand and run the program as well as access the tools and resources it uses.

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Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Resources

Bringing Up Great Kids (BUGK) Resources complement the program and are aimed at making the content accessible for all parents/carers. The range includes free downloadable material as well as a range of affordable products which can be purchased online.

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