Specialist centres 15 December 2022

Designs released for the Whittlesea early parenting centre

Families in Whittlesea and surrounds will soon have better access to early parenting support.

We’ve released the designs and construction is progressing on the new multi-million-dollar Whittlesea early parenting centre.

The centre will help families with children up to four years of age enhance their relationships and achieve their parenting goals. This will include:

  • advice and care for parents and carers
  • support with sleep and settling
  • support with 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 be located at 34 Anchorage Drive in South Morang. It will include:

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

The final designs reveal the facility’s exteriors, kitchen and dining area and residential family units. These have been carefully considered to create a safe and serene environment where families can feel at home.

Childcare experts, local community groups and traditional owners were consulted as part of the design process. This helped to ensure the design reflects the community it serves.

TEXT: Your new Early Parenting Centre in Whittlesea.

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

TEXT: Reception area designed using natural materials.

IMAGES: Artist impression of reception area and lounge waiting area with parents, children and toys.

TEXT: Multipurpose area featuring natural light and garden views.

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

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 enclosed walkway and landscaped internal courtyard.

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.

TEXT: Outdoor areas for nature play and relaxing.

IMAGES: 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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More centres on the way

The Whittlesea 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 program via our dedicated program page.

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