Vic Government backs construction of international learning centre in Mornington
The creation of an intergenerational care service which allows young and elderly Victorians to “learn under the same roof” was announced yesterday by the Victorian Government.
Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt announced that Andrew Kerr Care will receive $500,000 from the Labor Government to construct a 66-place facility creating an Intergenerational Learning Centre in Mornington.
This intergenerational model of care, offered by Herd, provides opportunities for children and aged care residents to come together five days a week to enjoy activities together, such as art, music, lunch, storytelling, or just visiting.
The Herd offers children ‘unique opportunities’ to become part of an extended family; to learn about the ageing process; to accept people with disabilities; and to be involved with people who are two or three generations apart, a spokesperson for the project said.
In terms of benefits for the aged-care residents, it is hoped that frequent interaction with children throughout their day; physical activity in playing with the children; and opportunities to play, laugh and enjoy the spirit and joy that children bring to their home environment will all be beneficial.
The project will help meet the local demand for three-and four-year-old kindergarten in the Mornington area. Construction works are expected to start by February this year and be finished mid-year.
“We are thrilled to soon have a leading intergenerational centre in our community, to foster a love of learning and compassion spanning the decades,” local member Jane Garrett said.