Early learning centre

The Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre is a 100-place early learning centre for the families in our community.

WEHI 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 Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: Froebel Parkville will result in significant benefits for WEHI 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 an early learning 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 centre is located in the forecourt of our Parkville campus. It provides:

  • 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
Children playing in an indoor garden at Froebel Melbourne Parkville centre
Above: The Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: Froebel Parkville

Services provider

Froebel Australia has been appointed as provider of the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: Froebel Parkville.

Froebel is a boutique not-for-profit provider of early education and care services in Melbourne and Sydney with a strong focus on inquiry-based STEM education and early language learning. Froebel’s services in Australia have all been assessed and rated at ‘Exceeding National Quality Standard’.

Childcare centre room The Centre’s team of educators are trained in Froebel’s Little Scientists professional development program, designed to ignite young children’s natural curiosity through inquiry-based learning, child-led discovery and age-appropriate, playful STEM exploration. The program has recently been endorsed by the Australian Government under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

WEHI is committed to reconciliation and creating meaningful integration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture into all aspects of the organisation. Froebel shares this commitment and will be integrating Indigenous culture and history into the curriculum.

Specialising in state-of-the-art bilingual early learning concepts, Froebel will also introduce German as a second community language at the Centre. Whilst English will be the main language of the service, a number of German-speaking educators will work with the children in German, all day, every day.

Families are able to sign up for the waiting list on Froebel’s website.

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