More help for parents in Bendigo, Geelong and Wyndham
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More help for parents in Bendigo, Geelong and Wyndham

Families will soon have better access to early parenting support in purpose-built facilities, with construction now underway for new multi-million-dollar early parenting centres in Bendigo, Geelong and Wyndham.

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

They will provide parents and carers with the advice and care they need, including support with sleep and settling, feeding and extra care for babies and toddlers with additional needs.

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

This can lead to post-natal depression, isolation and stress for parents and affect a child’s behavioural, mental and physical development.

The new centres will each have 10 residential family units, four day-stay places, a kitchen and dining area, playrooms and outdoor play areas.

The final designs have been carefully considered to create a safe and serene environment, with natural light and rooms suitable for various family arrangements, where families can feel at home.

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

Bendigo

TEXT: Your new Early Parenting Centre in Bendigo.

IMAGES: Artist impression of entrance and landscaping 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: 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 a walkways through landscaped gardens with colourful flowers and shady trees.

IMAGES: Artist impression of aerial view of centre including outdoor garden and 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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Bendigo Health is working in partnership with Tweddle Child and Family Health Service to establish the new service. Construction on the Bendigo early parenting centre is expected to finish in early 2024.

Geelong

TEXT: Your new Early Parenting Centre in Geelong.

IMAGES: Artist impression of entrance, ramp and landscaping of new centre seen from street view.

TEXT: Reception area designed using natural materials.

IMAGES: Artist impression of reception area and meeting rooms with parents and children.

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 showing desk, laptop and phone plus bedroom area.

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 aerial view of back of centre, landscaped garden and relaxation 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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The Geelong early parenting centre is being delivered in partnership with Barwon Health and the Tweddle Child and Family Health Service, with construction expected to be complete at the end of 2023.

Wyndham

TEXT: Your new Early Parenting Centre in Wyndham 

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: 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: Internal courtyard and walkway with natural light and greenery 

IMAGES: Artist impression of enclosed walkway and landscaped internal courtyard 

IMAGES: Artist impression of aerial view of centre with landscaped gardens and carpark in view 

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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The Wyndham Early Parenting Centre is being delivered in partnership with Tweddle Child and Family Health Service. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-2023.

More centres on the way

The Bendigo, Geelong and Wyndham centres are 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 project page.

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Last updated: 11 October 2022