Specialist centres 17 January 2024

New Early Parenting Centre opens in Casey

Parents and caregivers in Casey and surrounding communities will soon be able to access more specialised support to care for their little ones.

Construction is now complete on the Casey Early Parenting Centre and staff are getting ready to welcome families in late January.

This brand-new centre is the third Early Parenting Centre (EPC) to open its doors in Victoria in the last six months.

The centre is located at 114 Newgrange Boulevard in Clyde North. It is close to shops and other community services.

The Casey Early Parenting Centre includes:

  • 10 residential family units
  • four day stay places
  • kitchen and dining areas
  • playrooms
  • outdoor play areas.

Casey Early Parenting Centre opens its doors

Text on screen: The new, multi-million dollar Casey Early Parenting Centre is now complete

Images: Aerial view of the new centre amongst its surrounding suburb

Text on screen: It’s the third brand new Early Parenting centre to open its doors in Victoria in six months

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Text on screen: Take a look inside

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Text on screen: Early Parenting centres support parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers from 0-4 years old

Images: view down a main corridor with the reception area to the right, followed by a close-up of children’s toys on a small table with chairs

Text on screen: They aim to enhance the parent-child relationship and support parents with strategies for achieving their parenting goals

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Text on screen: The centre includes: residential family units, day-stay places, shared kitchen and dining areas, multipurpose rooms and play areas

Images: aerial view of the centre featuring it’s extensive outside garden spaces, followed by a family unit, large activity space filled with toys and activity equipment, and a spacious dining area and kitchen

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The residential family units can support different family structures. Families can bring multiple children or accommodate an older sibling, grandparent or other carer during their stay.

Thoughtful design ensures the centre feels safe and serene, with lots of natural light and spaces that feel like home.

This centre was built in partnership with Monash Health who will also manage the centre.

What is an Early Parenting Centre (EPC)?

Having a baby or child under four years of age is a special time for families. But it can also be a stressful time.

For some, support from loved ones, their local doctor, and a maternal and child health service will be enough.

Others will experience more persistent challenges. That’s where EPCs can help.

EPCs support parents or carers with children up to four years old. The centres help build parenting skills, from enhancing parent-child relationships to providing support with:

  • sleep, settling or feeding
  • bonding and attachment
  • infant and child behavioural concerns
  • strengthening parenting capacity and skills. 

EPCs provide services in four main ways:

  • day-stay services – an intensive day program providing early parenting support
  • residential services – a centre-based intensive parenting program where parents can stay at the centre for multiple days to build parenting competence and capacity
  • telehealth services – support is provided to parents over the telephone. It can be provided as stand-alone support or complementary to other EPC services
  • home-based services – individually tailored, flexible, intensive early parenting services. They aim to provide practical supports to assist families to nurture and care for their child independently.

Importantly, EPCs provide families who have more complex needs or vulnerabilities with access to wrap-around support. This includes care planning, referrals and community support.

About the EPC expansion and upgrade program

The Casey Early Parenting Centre is the third centre completed through the Victorian Government's Early Parenting Expansion Centres expansion and upgrade program. 

The program is delivering:

  • upgrades to two existing EPCs in Footscray and Noble Park
  • building eight new EPCs in growing areas across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Find out more about the Early Parenting Centre expansion and upgrade program by visiting our dedicated program page.

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