Specialist centres 29 April 2024

Construction complete on new Ballarat Early Parenting Centre

Parents and caregivers in Ballarat and surrounding communities will soon be able to access more specialised support to care for their little ones.

Construction is now complete on the Ballarat Early Parenting Centre (EPC) and staff are getting ready to welcome families in the coming weeks.

This brand-new centre will be the fourth new EPC to open its doors in Victoria within six months.

The Ballarat Early Parenting Centre is located at 10 Fawcett Road, Lucas. It includes:

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

Ballarat Early Parenting Centre opens its doors

[Text on screen: Construction on the new, multi-million-dollar Ballarat Early Parenting Centre is complete]

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[Text on screen: It's the fourth brand new Early Parenting Centre set to open its doors in Victoria within six months]

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[Text on screen: Take a look inside]

[Images: Centre reception area and main corridor]

[Text on screen: Early Parenting Centres support parents and caregivers with babies and toddlers from 0-4 years old]

[Text on screen: They aim to enhance the parent-child relationship and support parents with strategies for achieving their parenting goals]

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[Text on screen: The centre includes:

  • Residential family units
  • Day-stay places
  • Shared kitchen and dining areas
  • Multipurpose rooms and play areas]

[Images: Bedroom with children's toys; child's activity/play area; large kitchen/dining space; high chairs; conference/learning room with large screens; final aerial sweeping view of the centre]

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The residential family units can support different family structures. Families can bring multiple children or accommodate an older sibling, grandparent or other carer during their stay.

Thoughtful design ensures the centre feels safe and serene, with lots of natural light and spaces that feel like home.

This centre was built in partnership with Grampians Health who will also manage the centre.

What is an Early Parenting Centre?

Having a baby or child under four years of age is a special time for families. But it can also be a stressful time.

For some, support from loved ones, their local doctor, and a maternal and child health service will be enough.

Others will experience more persistent challenges. That’s where EPCs can help.

EPCs support parents or carers with children up to four years old. The centres help build parenting skills, from enhancing parent-child relationships to providing support with:

  • sleep, settling or feeding
  • bonding and attachment
  • infant and child behavioural concerns
  • strengthening parenting capacity and skills.

EPCs provide services in four main ways:

  • day-stay services – an intensive day program providing early parenting support.
  • residential services – a centre-based intensive parenting program where parents can stay at the centre for multiple days to build parenting competence and capacity.
  • telehealth services – support is provided to parents over the telephone. It can be provided as stand-alone support or complementary to other EPC services.
  • home-based services – individually tailored, flexible, intensive early parenting services. They aim to provide practical supports to assist families to nurture and care for their child independently.

Importantly, EPCs provide families who have more complex needs or vulnerabilities with access to wrap-around support. This includes care planning, referrals and community support.

About the EPC expansion and upgrade program

The Ballarat Early Parenting Centre is the fourth centre completed through the Victorian Government’s early parenting centres expansion and upgrade program. The program is delivering:

  • upgrades to two existing EPCs in Footscray and Noble Park
  • building eight new EPCs in growing areas across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Find out more about the early parenting centres expansion and upgrade program by visiting our dedicated program page.

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Last updated: 29 April 2024