Council recognises the vital role grandparents play in supporting their families in our community. Kinship care by grandparents plays a large role in supporting parents to care for their children.
Council supports a number of inter-generational programs where children, young people and senior members of the community spend quality time together.
City of Casey sees benefits in facilitating relationships between generations to:
- Reduce social isolation
- Increase a sense of wellbeing and belonging
- Support the growing number of grandparents caring for young children
- Increase respect and understanding of cultures throughout the municipality
- Develop meaningful relationships between generations
- Share of skills and knowledge.
Here you can find information about support, services and programs run to support grandparents.
Participation in playgroup provides a range of benefits to both children and their grandparents. For children, the benefits relate to the contribution that play makes to child development. For grandparents, playgroup offers social support and reduces social isolation. You can find a playgroup at multiple locations across the City of Casey.
The City of Casey host ‘Pop-Up Playgroups’ throughout the municipality each school term. Come along and access a playgroup with activities outdoors with your grandchild. Activities include block and imaginary play, music, art, reading, messy and active play.
The City of Casey ‘Dads Matter Program’ provide programs for dads, step-dads, grandfathers and other men who play an integral role in a child’s life. Programs include ‘Read, Play, Make’, ‘Build it with Dad’ and ‘Daytime Dads Playgroup’.
Golden Time Playgroup
Golden Time Playgroup is a fortnightly playgroup run by The City of Casey Child Youth and Family Engagement team and Family Day Care in partnership with U3A Casey and Fiddlers Green Retirement Village Berwick. Family Day Care Educators and children in their care spend quality time with U3A and village residents building relationships and sharing knowledge.
Bridging the Gap
City of Casey and Home Care clients who have limited contact with grandchildren or whom do not have grandchildren are supported an opportunity to connect with children from a local kindergarten.
There are many resources available for grandparents online. You can find out about family relationships including divorce, becoming a carer and support including legal and financial help. You can find out more at Raising Children.
Grandparents Victoria is a state wide organisation of grandparents working together to shape a positive future for all children. Grandparents Victoria can provide support, advice, information and opportunities to connect with other grandparents.
Kinship care is the care provided by relatives or a member of a child's social network when a child cannot live with their parents. Kinship Care Victoria’s aim is to have kinship carers in Victoria supported in their role according to their needs and the needs of the children they care for.
Events & Activities
Throughout the year there are a lot of activities happening in City of Casey particularly for people over 55 and all the grandparents are welcome to book into any of those activities and attend. A collection of those activities can be found throughout the year on the City of Casey events.
You may be eligible for the Grandparent Child Care Benefit. Grandparent Child Care Benefit is available to you if you are a grandparent who:
- Meets the existing Child Care Benefit eligibility requirements
- Receives an income support payment from Department of Human Services or the Department of Veterans' Affairs
- Is the primary provider of the ongoing daily care for your grandchild and has the responsibility for the day-to-day decisions about your grandchild's care, welfare and development.
Grandparent Child Care Benefit covers the full cost of the total fee charged for Child Care Benefit eligible hours – up to 50 hours for each child in Child Care Benefit approved care each week.
For more information, contact Department of Human Services.
Freecall 1800 245 965