Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville

FROEBEL has been appointed as provider for the new workplace Early Learning Centre at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Institute) in Melbourne (Parkville), which opened on 2 July 2018. 

The service provides 100 places for children from approx. 3 months to 5 years of age, with an integrated Kindergarten Program.

FROEBEL and the Institute share the vision that the service will be a well-connected place, embedded in the lively Parkville precinct, where strong associations with the community are celebrated and utilised to continuously improve services to children and their families. The new service has a strong focus on bilingual education and inquiry-based, early STEM learning. FROEBEL implements its Little Scientists program, which has recently been endorsed by the Australian Government under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. FROEBEL holistically and continuously trains its early childhood educators and teachers at the service on all Little Scientists modules, and will make early STEM education the trademark of the service over time. The program offers a range of possibilities for close collaboration with the Institute community which FROEBEL actively involves.

The Institute 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 integrates Indigenous culture and history into the curriculum.

German is introduced as a second community language at the service. Whilst English is the main language of the service, a number of German-speaking educators work with the children in German, all day, every day. 

The service is named 'Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville' - honouring Professor Corcoran's outstanding achievements as a scientist and her life-long commitment to gender equality. To learn more about Professor Lynn Corcoran's remarkable biography, please click here.

The Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre: FROEBEL Parkville is a service approved by the Victorian Department of Education and Training, and is also approved for Child Care Subsidy. Families can find further information on how to apply for family assistance with the cost of childcare on the website of the Department of Human Services.

Please note: This new service is a workplace Early Learning Centre, with priority of access for eligible families (such as employees of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute). Excess capacity is made available to families within the wider community. Please refer to the Priority of Access Policy for further details.


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Join the Opening Team

Early Childhood Teachers and Educators with a particular interest in bilingual and inquiry-based, early STEM learning are encouraged to already email their CV to our HR team (Attention: Caroline Koch, Reference: Parkville) to express their interest in joining the new team. 

Email: FROEBEL's HR Team