Residential Day Programs – Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre (WEPC)Locations:
Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre (WEPC) is an Early Parenting Centre (EPC) supporting parents with strategies for achieving their parenting goals in areas such as sleep and settling, child behaviour and parent and child health and wellbeing.
WEPC’s residential program is a 24 hour multi-day intensive early parenting program. The residential program runs for two-four nights between Monday morning and Friday morning.
Each family will be given an individual admission day and time for arrival based on their needs.
When going home, day discharge time is no later than 9am.
Please find some key information on the Residential Stay Program below:
- Each week, up to ten families are admitted to WEPC
- The centre is a communal setting with shared dining and play spaces
- All families are allocated a suite with a parent’s bedroom, child’s bedroom, ensuite and balcony
- The residential service will assess your family’s needs, and developing a care plan in partnership with your family that aims to meet those needs, goals and preferences
- The program is a mix of group sessions and individual support, enabling parents to work towards their identified goal/s
- Each staff member cares for three or four families per shift
- While you are staying with us, you will be responsible for care of your child/children. Staff will guide, support and provide individualised care while acknowledging that you are the expert when it comes to your own child.
- All Mercy Health facilities are smoke, alcohol and drug-free
- Families will be supported to transition out of the program with links to maternal health, child health services and other community services.
WEPC is a public service. The only cost for the residential program is a nappy disposal service fee at the rate of $10 per day during your admission. We prefer payments by EFTPOS but can accept cash.
Find us at:
34 Anchorage Drive
South Morang Victoria 3752
For more information on getting here, visit Woi-wurrung-yagila-wulumperi, Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre (WEPC) .
34 Anchorage Drive, South Morang, Victoria, 3752
On-site signage and indicators
Look for the Whittlesea Early Parenting Centre signs on-site.
How can people get access?
Please ring the intercom at the main entrance and a staff member will open the door for you. All entrances at the centre are locked.
What to do before
After we receive your referral, an assessment and intake staff member will call you to discuss your referral and ask some further questions.
You will be sent an email with the start date of your Residential Program and more information about what to expect during your stay
You will be sent some forms in the post that you need to fill in and bring with you on your admission day.
Before you come in
Before you attend our Residential Program, it is important that all family members are well enough to participate in the program. Please notify us if your family are unwell in the seven days prior to admission. This helps us prevent the spread of infections at the centre. If you, or a member of your family, become unwell on the day of the program please let us know. If you are unable to attend, your booking will be rescheduled
Please inform us if you or your child has an allergy to food or any other substance before you come to the WEPC. If you or your child needs an allergy management plan or an EpiPen, please bring it with you. WEPC has a nut minimisation policy. For the safety of everyone in our care, please do not bring any nut products to the O’Connell Family Centre.
Food at WEPC
- We provide all meals for you and your child during your stay, if your partner stays overnight they are welcome to use the self-serve breakfast items but unfortunately we can’t provide other meals.
- Please order your meals prior to admission. It is really important that you let us know what food you don’t eat. We ask you this question when we speak to you the week before your admission. For example, if you are a vegetarian or you don’t eat eggs we need to have this information so we can order the right food for you and your family.
- We will do all we can to meet your food needs/preferences. However, we are a public facility and are limited in our choices/options. If you have specific needs/preferences, please bring some food from home.
- Children under 12 months are offered fresh vegetables which can be microwaved. They will also be offered pre-packaged and frozen pureed baby food. If this does not suit your family, please think about bringing in some food from home. We have fridges, freezers and microwaves available. There are no cooking facilities at the centre.
WEPC also supplies these food / snack items:
- Milk (full cream milk, light milk, soy milk and lactose free milk)
- Bread (white bread, wholemeal bread, fruit toast and English muffins)
- Eggs, cheese slices, pikelets, microwave rice, tinned tuna, cereal, dry biscuits, baked beans and yoghurt are available in the client fridges and on the main kitchen bench
- Berries and an avocado will be placed in your allocated fridge box for you to use as you would like during your stay
Nepresso coffee machine
- The centre has a Nespresso coffee machine available for clients to use during their admission to WEPC
- We do not provide coffee pods, but you are very welcome to bring standard Nespresso or Nespresso compatible pods to use during your stay at OFC
- There is instant coffee available as well.
You may also wish to bring:
- A familiar meal for your child for the first night to help them settle in for the week
- Your child’s favourite snack/s
What to bring
What you will need to bring:
- Medicare card
- Your family’s medications in a zip lock bag
- A letter from your GP listing your prescription medications and your current dose of each medication
- Child health record book (Green Book)
- Cot sheets and linen for your child’s sleeping needs – what your baby normally sleeps with, for example wraps, blanket or sleeping bag (no weighted sleeping bags or blankets)
- Play mat for the floor
- Drink bottle for yourself
- Child’s sipper cup if required
- Your child’s favourite toys
- Crayons, pencils and textas if appropriate for your child
- Clothing and toiletries for you and your child, including appropriate night wear for all family members
- Disposable nappies, wipes and nappy bags (cloth nappies cannot be used at OFC)
- Sunscreen and hats for outdoor play (October-April)
- Warm and wet weather gear for outdoor play (May–September)
- Personal items to help comfort your child such as a dummy or special toy
- Breastmilk and breast pump if required
- Formula and bottles if required
- Pram or stroller
- A notebook, if you wish to record details of your stay.
What to expect on the day
The Residential Program runs for two-to-four nights.
We are a public service. The only cost is a nappy disposal service fee of $10 per day of admission, payable by cash or EFTPOS
The multidisciplinary team working in the Residential Program are:
- Maternal and child health nurses
- Registered nurses and midwives
- Early parenting practitioners
You will be given a written summary of your Residential Program to take home
After discharge from the Residential Stay Program you will be referred back to your community supports like your maternal and child health nurse or GP for ongoing care.
Who to call if you have concerns afterwards
Please call your maternal and child health nurse, GP or your other community health professionals for support after discharge.
For health professionals
Early Parenting Centres (EPCs) strive to support happy, healthy, safe and thriving babies and toddlers by promoting the parent-child relationship, and equipping parents with strategies to achieve their parenting goals. These goals are often in areas such as sleep and settling, child behaviour, and parent and child health and wellbeing. EPCs recognise that the health and wellbeing of the primary caregiver, and whole family is vital to children’s development and outcomes. EPCs provide specialist support for Victorian families with children’s aged up to four.
Referrals to WEPC can be from a health professional or the family can self-refer and complete the referral from themselves.
How to prepare the patient
All families who have been referred to us receive a phone call from an Assessment and Intake Team. This is when a risk assessment screening is carried out.
Early Parenting Centres provide a short-term intervention service for families and as such, we are unable to provide ongoing support after discharge. Families are referred back to their community providers once discharged.
What/when you should refer to us
The Residential Stay Program will benefit parents who have challenges with
- Becoming a parent
- Feeding issues
- Sleep and settling
- Managing multiple births, e.g. twins or triplets
- Toddler behaviour
- Child development and behaviour
- Mental health wellbeing.
What/when you should not refer to us
We are not a crisis service or an inpatient psychiatric parent infant unit. Clients may wait one-three months from the day we receive the referral until participating in the program.
For the wellbeing of other participants, all families must be healthy when they attend our programs.
34 Anchorage Drive
South Morang Victoria 3752
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