Institute launches on-site childcare

Institute launches on-site childcare

Illuminate newsletter index page, June 2018
June 2018

Hon Jenny Mikakos with Dr Tracy Putoczki
(L-R) Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Education
the Hon. Jenny Mikakos with Dr Tracy Putoczki and her
son, Thomas, who will be attending the centre.

The Institute is proud to announce the completion of construction works for its new on-site childcare facility, the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville.

Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Education the Hon. Jenny Mikakos helped to officially launch the centre at a special event on 4 June.

A first of its kind for a medical research Institute in Australia, the centre aims to open in July 2018 subject to regulatory approval and will be run by not-for-profit early education and care services provider FROEBEL Australia.

Far reaching benefits

Professor Doug Hilton said the centre, named in honour of senior scientist and gender equity champion Professor Lynn Corcoran, marked an important milestone in the Institute’s history.

“Access to quality childcare has long been identified as a major barrier to the ongoing career advancement of our workforce,” he said.

“I am deeply proud to deliver on the Institute’s commitment to our families and gender equity in science by providing vital services and opportunities to parents dedicating their working lives to the wellbeing of our communities.”

The five-level, 100 place childcare centre for children aged three months to six years was established with generous support from philanthropic, government and Institute sources.

The Institute's new early learning centre
View from the rooftop of the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early
Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville.

Professor Hilton said there were clear benefits to having on-site childcare available for staff.

“Research has shown that the provision of on-site childcare increases staff morale, productivity and the ability for parents to juggle work and family responsibilities."

"The support provided to our staff through this centre will ultimately lead to more discoveries that will improve health outcomes in Australia and globally,” he said.

Pioneers of STEM in early learning

Centre director Ms Chloe Cavanagh said she looked forward to her new role.

“I’m excited about fostering an environment of community and belonging for the children."

“STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) will form an important part our educational program,” Ms Cavanagh said.

"With the Institute right next door we will be able to form great connections with the parents of the children attending the centre, as well as utilise their expertise in science and research.”

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