Littlest citizens take up residency in Coburg (Media release)

A brand new early years centre in Coburg is providing vital education and care for some of Merri-bek’s youngest citizens.

Located at what was formally known as ‘G Division’ of Pentridge Prison, the heritage-listed building was built in 1875.

It has been used as a penitentiary and hospital for women, a matron’s and nurse’s quarters, a school, dormitories, and a mess room, before eventually being closed with the rest of the prison in 1997.

Moreland City Council Mayor John Kavanagh said the opening of a children’s centre was an important milestone in the history of the building.

“This beautiful building has entered the next phase of its life – as a thriving centre supporting children and families of Merri-bek,” said Cr Kavanagh.

The building is now home to the relocated Coburg Children’s Centre and the Elm Grove Maternal and Child Health services, which has increased the capacity of both services.

“The space provides much-needed additional education and care to our growing community, and the shared spaces across the two services have already seen professional relationships grow, increasing our understanding of what families in our community need,” said Cr Kavanagh.

To find out more about Council’s extensive services for families and children in Merri-bek, including childcare, playgroups, kindergarten, immunisation, school holiday programs, and maternal and child health, see Children and Families.

28 June 2018