Supporting families with the Casey Early Parenting Centre

Referrals are now open for the Casey Early Parenting Centre (EPC), which is set to open in early 2024.  

A purpose-built centre and brand-new service for Monash Health, the Casey EPC will provide support for families with children aged three years and younger. It will deliver specialised support for sleep, settling, feeding, and the wellbeing of the parent-child relationship. 

Families can self-refer or talk to their GP or Maternal and Child Health nurse. Referrals can be submitted via the EPC webpage. 

While the focus is on the wellbeing of the child, it is recognised that the wellbeing of the whole family affects children’s development and outcomes. The EPC will form part of a broader system of support for families, including maternal and child health services, supported playgroups and community-based parenting programs.  

Monash Health will be supporting families in this growing catchment area, including many from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

The Casey EPC will offer programs from day to overnight stays, telehealth and in-home support.  

The day program: 

  • For families with children under 12 months of age. 
  • Specialises in supporting families with sleep and settling strategies.  
  • Offered in the centre on Tuesday and Thursday.  
  • Available from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
  • Families will leave the program with settling strategies they can put into practice at home. 

The residential overnight program: 

  • Five days, four nights in duration, staying overnight in the centre. 
  • Arrive on Monday and depart on Friday. 
  • Specialises in sleep and settling, behaviour concerns, bonding and feeding challenges.  
  • Intensive support including one-on-one guidance, group education sessions and a variety of playgroup activities. 
  • Ensures families leave the program with information and follow-up activities to practice at home. 

The team includes experienced nurses and midwives, Maternal and Child Health nurses, as well as a social worker and child life therapist. 

Approved by Dani Smith, General Manager Children’s Program and Monash Children’s Hospital, Director of Nursing Children’s Program and Monash Children’s Hospital 

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