Whitehorse City Council

Grandparent Support and Resources

Council recognises the irreplaceable role grandparents hold in their families and in our wider community. Please find below a range of supports, programs and information aimed at grandparents. 

Grandparents Victoria

Grandparents Victoria (GPV) is a state-wide non-profit organisation of grandparents working together to shape a positive future for all children.

Grandparents Victoria aims to: 

  • Link grandparents across the state and the nation 
  • Identify, articulate and promote the needs of grandchildren and grandparents
  • Represent the views of grandparents in public consultations and influence policy and practice affecting families
  • Share ideas and information about what works well in supporting families.

For further information please visit www.grandparents.com.au or call 9372 2422.

Grandparents Playgroups in Whitehorse

A playgroup is a group of parents, grandparents or carers who regularly come together with pre-school aged children to engage in play and socialise. Whitehorse has a number of playgroups who all welcome grandparents and their grandchildren. For more information, please download the pdf icon Playgroups & Toy Libraries Brochure 2018 (328.48kB).

There are also three specific playgroups for grandparents:

Koonung Cottage Grandparents Playgroup

When: Wednesdays from 10am
Where:  Koonung Cottage Community House, 109 Koonung Road, Blackburn North
Contact details: 9878 6632 or info@koonungcottage.org.au

Chinese Grandparents Playgroup

When: Every Monday 10am - 12 noon
Where: 325 Mitcham Road, Mitcham
Contact details: 0435 316 118 or ahuang@miceastmelb.com.au
Poster:pdf icon Mitcham Chinese Grandparents Playgroup Poster (302.94kB) 

Grand Parenting Support Group (no children)

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month – 9:30am until 11am
Where: 14 Silver Grove, Nunawading
Contact: Melanie Fear 8878 3806
Poster: pdf icon Each - Grand Parenting Support (534.11kB)

One Grandparents Playgroup

When: Thursday 10am – 11:30am
Where: 184 Surrey Road, Blackburn
Phone: 8878 2500
Contact: info@one.org.au
Poster:pdf icon One playgroups flyer (386.49kB)

Kinship Care

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.

The Kinship Care Provider for Whitehorse is Anglicare Victoria, 7-11 Shipley Road, Box Hill.

Please phone: 9896 6322 for more information.

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.

To find more information about Grandparent Child Care Benefit, please visit the Department of Human Services website or call 136 150.