Narre Warren library in Malcolm Court during the early 1980's

Where we began

Since our inception in the late 1970s as a centre for women and childcare, we have expanded our offering according to our belief that a healthy community is one where everyone has access to learning and social connection.

A natural evolution

Our humble centre has evolved over time to include a multitude of offerings — from our pre-kinder program and after-school classes for young students to our over 50s Share & Care program, Adult Literacy classes and much more.

  • 1977

    The Narre Warren Drop-In Centre opened with classes, social groups and $1 per day childcare. Despite its tiny staff and budget, the centre became a hub of activity.

    The front of one of the Foundation Learning Centre buildings
  • 1981

    Local woman Kay Vrieze became co-ordinator and helped build the organisation. By the end of 1981, our membership had grown from 35 to 178.

  • 1983

    We continued to grow with a new logo, photocopier and electric typewriter, plus a budget of $9000. Our ‘Funtime’ program was introduced for structured pre-kinder time.

  • Mid 1980s until today

    The centre expanded to accommodate our growing programs and courses for young students, over 50s, and adults in the community wanting to develop English language skills.

    Foundation Learning Centre building entrance sign
  • Today

    Since 2019, we have been known as Foundation Learning Centre to reflect our community development work across the Mornington Peninsula and South-East Melbourne.

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