Early parenting centre on the way for Ballarat
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Specialist centres 25 October 2022

Early parenting centre on the way for Ballarat

We’ve released the designs and construction is now underway on the new early parenting centre in Ballarat.

This means families with young children in Ballarat will soon have better access to early parenting support. The specialist centre will help families with children up to four years of age enhance the relationships with their children and achieve their parenting goals.

The centre will also provide parents and carers with the advice and care they need, including support with:

  • sleep and settling
  • feeding
  • extra care for babies and toddlers with additional needs.

Sleep and settling is one of the biggest challenges facing new parents. Around one in two parents who attend early parenting centres report problems with their child’s sleep.

Lack of sleep can lead to post-natal depression, isolation and stress for parents while affecting a child’s behavioural, mental and physical development.

About the new early parenting centre

The new centre will include:

  • 10 residential family units
  • four day-stay places
  • a kitchen and dining area
  • playrooms
  • outdoor play areas.

The final designs create a safe and serene environment. There will be natural light and rooms suitable for various family arrangements, so families can feel at home.

Brand Architects consulted childcare experts, local community groups and traditional owners as part of the design process. This helped to ensure the centres reflect their communities.

TEXT: Your new Early Parenting Centre in Ballarat.

IMAGES: Artist impression of carpark, landscaped gardens and entrance of new centre.

TEXT: Reception area designed using natural materials.

IMAGES: Artist impression of a bright, well-lit reception area with staff, parent with his child. Followed by artist impression of lounge area showing families and toys on a table.

TEXT: Multipurpose area featuring natural light and garden views.

IMAGES: Artist impression of hall with seating and large presentation screens and speaker talking.

TEXT: Flexible family suites supporting different family structures.

IMAGES: Artist impression of family suite with mother and child.

TEXT: Internal courtyard and walkway with natural light and greenery.

IMAGES: Artist impression of external garden area featuring native plants and trees.

TEXT: Play areas encouraging play and learning.

IMAGES: Artist impression of parents with children in play area with a variety of toys and learning spaces.

TEXT: Kitchen and dining areas designed to feel like home.

IMAGES: Artist impression of families using a large kitchen and open dining area with tables and chairs.

IMAGES: Aerial artist impression of children and parents enjoying landscaped gardens and open play areas.

IMAGES: The closing slide is the Victorian Health Building Authority logo, the web address vhba.vic.gov.au and the Victorian State Government logo.

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Ballarat Early Parenting Centre will be managed by Grampians Health, who are working in partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Centre to establish the new centre

More centres on the way

The Ballarat Early Parenting Centre is being delivered as part of the Victorian Government’s $148 million investment to expand and upgrade the early parenting service network.

The program will upgrade two existing centres and build eight new centres in growing areas across metropolitan and regional Victoria.

Learn more about the Early parenting centres expansion and upgrade project via our dedicated program page.

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Last updated: 25 October 2022