Specialist centres 10 October 2023

Construction on the new Wyndham Early Parenting Centre is complete

Families in Wyndham and surrounding communities will soon be able to access specialised support to care for their little ones.

With construction now complete, the Wyndham Early Parenting Centre will open its doors later this month. It is the first of nine new Early Parenting Centres (EPC) to open its doors in Victoria.

This brand-new centre is located at 239-245 Princes Highway in Werribee. It is close to the Werribee Mercy Hospital, shops and other community services.

The Wyndham Early Parenting Centre includes:

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

Take a look inside the brand-new, multi-million-dollar Wyndham Early Parenting Centre.

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

Images: aerial footage of the completed centre seen in its suburban setting, and from directly above

Text on screen: It is the first of nine new Early Parenting Centres to open its doors in Victoria

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Text on screen: Take a look inside

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

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Text on screen: The centres help build parenting skills, from enhancing parent-child relationships to providing support with:

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Images: child’s bedroom with cot and feeding chair; close-up of activity play equipment in a meeting room; outdoor playground equipment and various couches with child’s table setting and toy train plus onscreen text ‘Artwork by Kobi Sainty’

Images: aerial footage of the new centre in its suburban setting

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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 the Tweddle Child and Family Health Service. They will also manage the centre.

 

What is an Early Parenting Centre (EPC)?

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 Wyndham Early Parenting Centre is the first 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.

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Last updated: 10 October 2023