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), aiming to open on 2 July 2018, subject to Service Approval by the regulatory authority. 

The service is going to provide 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 will have a strong focus on bilingual education and inquiry-based, early STEM learning. FROEBEL will be implementing its Little Scientists program, which has recently been endorsed by the Australian Government under the National Innovation and Science Agenda. FROEBEL’s vision is to holistically and continuously train its early childhood educators and teachers at the service on all Little Scientists modules, and to 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 will seek to involve.

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 will be integrating Indigenous culture and history into the curriculum.

German will be introduced as a second community language at the service. 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. 

The service will be 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.

Next milestones for this new opening are:

  • Until June 2018: Fit out and furnishing of the play and learning spaces / Application for relevant operational approvals from relevant authorities 
  • June 2018: 'Soft Opening' with Play and Orientation Sessions for first intake of families
  • July 2018: Commencement of operations, subject to Service Approval by the regulatory authority
  • Throughout Q3/Q4, 2018: Staggered intake of new children

Please note: This new service will be a workplace Early Learning Centre, with priority of access for eligible families (such as employees of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute). Excess capacity will be 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