Victoria’s new parents will be better able to get the support their families need. As the Andrew Labor government fulfills its campaign promise, it will triple the number of early education centers across the state.

Governor Andrew and Victorian Minister of Health Jenny Mikakos visited the Tweddle Children and Family Health Service Center today-one of two early education centers that will undergo a major renovation, and seven other early education centers will break ground.

Bringing a newborn home for the first time is one of the most precious moments for any parent – ​​but for many families, it is also a stressful and challenging time.

This is why the 2019/20 Victorian budget will invest $1 million to build and upgrade early childhood education centers, which will ensure that parents are helped when they need additional support for their babies’ sleep, feeding and care.

The Queen Elizabeth Centre early education centres in Footscray and Noble Park will be upgraded, and new facilities will be built in fast-growing areas such as Casey, Frankston, Wyndham and Whittlesea.

Families in the outer suburbs of Victoria will benefit from the establishment of the first early childcare centre in the area. New centres will be built in Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

Sleeping and keeping children stable is one of the biggest challenges facing new parents. About one in two parents report that their children have sleep problems. This can lead to postpartum depression, isolation and parental stress, and affect the child's behavior, mental and physical development.

And because parents with insufficient sleep often feel the most stress in the middle of the night, the budget this time also includes 720 million yuan to expand the 24-hour maternal and child health hotline. Parents can call experts to discuss sleep problems and solutions.

The budget also provided 1700 million yuan to promote family visits to families in need of maternal and child health, which will enable more families to receive better support. Additional home visits will bring huge changes to the family, allowing parents who lack sleep to get the protection and advice they need without any means.

Governor Andrew stated

      “As a parent, I know how scared parents can be during the first few months of parenting. We give new parents the support they need – step by step – so that they can cherish the most special moments in their lives.”

      "We promised to provide new mothers with the expert help they need, so that they can rest assured that they can do a good job of parenting – and this is exactly what we will do."

Minister of Health Jeanne Mikakos said

      "Society now has so high expectations of new parents. That's why we will ensure that new parents get the support they need when they need it most."