Family Support

  • Family Support Coordinator


Our Family Support Coordinator , Linda Garland, is available two days a week and liaises with families and carers.  She is available to discuss a range of issues relating to the welfare of students and families in a confidential manner.  Contact her for information about respite, case management etc.

  • MyTime

We facilitate a  MyTime group on Thursday mornings for mums, dads, grandparents and anyone caring for children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition.  It is a time to socialise and share ideas and information with others who understand the rewards and intensity of caring for a child with special needs.  Childcare is available. If you are interested please leave your contact details at the office or with the staff in the Early Years building.

  • Sibling Group

Our siblings group offers both school based meetings and outings. The siblings program is a chance for siblings to have a little respite and enjoy some fun activities with friends. Some of the activities included bowling, JUMP and an exclusive METV show starring the siblings as hosts.

Out of School Hours Care

  • Outer Encounters

The Outer Encounters program runs every afternoon during term time.  It is run by Villa Maria at premises owned by Melba.  Students are transported in one of our school buses to the program.  Information regarding the program can be obtained by contacting Rebecca Harbour on 9809 6223

They also run a holiday program

  • School Respite Program

Yarra Ranges SDS Vacation Care Program offers a recreational, fun and supportive school holiday experience to students aged between the ages of six to eighteen.  A range of community based excursions as well as in-house activities, such as arts, crafts, games, etc. can be enjoyed by all.  Vacation Care is offered from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. for ten days in January and five days in each school term holiday.

Priority of access includes:

  • Students residing in Melbourne’s outer East (Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Knox, Manningham, Whitehorse, Monash and Booroondara local government areas).
  • Families experiencing significant stress
  • Families with working parent(s)
  • Families with little or no access to other respite programs