Issued Thursday 5 April 2018
Photo caption: BabySteps is born
The City of Casey has delivered a handy new online hub for soon-to-be or new parents to support them as they navigate their child’s first years.
Called BabySteps, the online tool is a one-stop-shop for local parents to access information, resources and services to help guide them from pregnancy right through to when their child reaches 3.5 years of age.
This is the first time a resource like this has been created by local government, with Council pooling knowledge from its Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses, trusted websites, and using invaluable feedback and suggestions from first-time parents, to create a dedicated hub for mums and dads.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett said Council identified the need for such a resource when looking at Casey residents’ ‘life events’ and what tools and services Council could deliver to support those experiences.
“It’s such an exciting and joyous time when welcoming a new baby into the world, but it can also be a daunting time for parents as they’re often bombarded with information and advice about raising their child,” Cr Ablett said.
“With more than 5,000 babies born in the City of Casey each year, it’s a journey so many of our local families are experiencing.
“We are excited to be the first Victorian Council to create such an online tool that will provide our parents with a smooth process when interacting with Casey at all stages of their child’s development.
“Having a baby often leads to the first real interaction with Council that a resident has, starting with a visit from a MCH nurse soon after leaving the hospital and arriving home.
“BabySteps aims to complement the great work Council’s MCH nurses do every day in supporting parents and children and makes it much easier and more accessible for parents to find the relevant resources and services available for their child’s specific age group.”
BabySteps is a treasure chest of helpful information and tools, allowing parents to enter their child’s date of birth and track their development via key age stages. It includes:
- Information about the many Council services and programs available for babies, toddlers and parents.
- Useful resources to better understand a child’s development.
- Handy checklists on what you should be doing at key ages.
- Engaging articles, videos and other resources to assist and inspire residents through their parenting journey.
- A function to ask a MCH nurse a question.
Council encourages all soon-to-be or new parents in Casey to visit BabySteps, explore the platform and pass on this valuable resource to other parents you know. Visit the BabySteps page and start exploring.