Intergenerational learning centre The Herd opens in Victoria
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Intergenerational learning centre The Herd opens in Victoria

by Freya Lucas

March 20, 2023

The Herd Intergenerational Learning Centre has opened in Victoria, the first in the state to offer an intergenerational approach under the one roof, delivering life-changing care and learning experiences to some of the state’s youngest and oldest citizens.


Backed by $500,000 in funding from the Victorian Government, the centre will offer 66 early learning places, helping meet demand for three-and four-year-old kindergarten in the Mornington area, while delivering a unique curriculum that engages its aged care facility to participate in early learning activities and experiences.


Under the model, children and aged care residents will come together five days a week, enjoying activities including art, music, storytelling and social interaction.


Frequent social engagement will provide The Herd’s aged care residents with significant benefits to physical well-being and mental health, while interactions with elderly Victorians will deliver young children enhanced social and emotional development.


The project was funded through the former Children’s Facilities Capital program, which evolved to become the Building Blocks Grants program.


To learn more about The Herd, see here. Information about the Building Blocks Grants program can be found here.

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