Parent and Child Support Program

The bestchance Parent and Child Support program plays a preventative and early intervention role by providing professional family assessment, personalised in-home support and assisted playgroup programs for parents with pre-school aged children residing in the City of Monash.

The program supports the needs of families with additional needs, including those isolated from extended family or community support, multiple birth and single parent families.

The aim of the program is to reduce social isolation and the stresses associated with parenting young children by providing opportunities for parents to become more socially active and to develop support networks within the community.

Families are referred to the program by their Maternal and Child Health Care centre or other health professional group.

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Links + Specialised structured play sessions (duration 12 months) targeting preschool-age children (3-5 years) experiencing developmental delays who will transition to kindergarten and some to specialised Early Childhood Intervention.

Activities focus on kindergarten readiness skills eg: language, self-care and social skills, and motor skills play.  This group is facilitated by an Allied Health Professional, Teachers and Counsellor.  The group meets on Thursdays from 1-2:30pm.  For more details contact Rena or Sandra on 8562 5100

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a program designed for women residing in the City of Monash, who have been impacted by trauma, and their pre-school aged children.  The program provides an opportunity for women to make friendships while cooking and sharing hot halal meals from different cultural backgrounds, prepared on site.  The program also has an educational component relevant to the women to support them in their journey through employment and education, and emotional support i provided by an accredited counsellor on site.

The group meet on Wednesdays from 10 – 1pm during school terms.

For more details contact Rihanat or Sandra on 8562 5100.

In-Home Support

The In-Home Support program utilises the skills and experience of suitably matched volunteers to provide support to young, local families in their own homes.

Volunteers assist by visiting families for a few hours each week. Their role may include assisting with bathing, feeding or care of children, accompanying parents to appointments or shopping, supervising children while parents enjoy time to rest or catch up on chores, or providing a parent with regular adult company and a good listening ear.

All volunteers receive basic training, ongoing support and have a current police-check.

Supported Playgroup

The program’s supported playgroup meets weekly during school term and is run by an experienced playgroup co-ordinator and a team of volunteers.

An appropriate play program is provided to meet children’s developmental needs with activities and experiences catering to the differing ages within the group.

The playgroup provides an important link between the home and community for families with babies and young children, and gives both parents and children the opportunity to meet friends and socialise in a caring and supported environment.

Further Information

If you would like more information about the bestchance Parent and Child Support program or would like to enquire about volunteering with this program, please contact Sandra Roberts on 8562 5100.

Or alternatively, complete the form below.