Early Childhood Education and Care centre

Early Childhood Education and Care centre

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We are establishing a 100-place Early Childhood Education and Care centre for families in our community, opening in 2018.

The Institute is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest workforce, in order to deliver positive health outcomes to our community. Access to adequate childcare is one of the most significant barriers to ongoing career advancement for our workforce. 

Benefits of the centre

It is expected that the Early Childhood Education and Care centre will result in significant benefits for the Institute and its families including:

  • Increased and earlier return to work post maternity leave
  • Reduced turnover and improved employee morale
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Enhanced reputation and access to a broader talent pool

We believe the establishment of an on-site childcare centre at our medical research institute will lead to more discoveries that will improve health outcomes in Australia and globally.



Centre facilities

The five-storey, multi-purpose Early Childhood Education and Care centre will be located in the forecourt of our Parkville campus. It will include: 

  • A flexible, multi-purpose space suitable for combined activities, play groups, health and consultation services

  • Six large rooms serviced with bathrooms, staff rooms, arts spaces and storage areas

  • Access to shaded, external play areas

  • Long day care and an early learning centre incorporating three-year old and four-year old kindergarten programs 

  • The opportunity for play groups, health and other services



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We aim to maximise opportunities for research discoveries. To do this we must use our entire talent pool.

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