Why Community Hubs

Children may miss out on services that are designed to prepare them for school, such as play groups and school readiness programs. These programs are a core service for community hubs. Being able to access these programs means that more and more children will commence primary school better equipped for learning.

Without a welcoming hub to visit, many migrant women can spend most of their time at home, isolated from the rest of the community. Community hubs provide opportunities to meet other people, make friends, learn how the school works, and connect with other community services. Hubs provide soft entry and engagement programs that help women access support they might otherwise miss, giving them the confidence to be actively engaged in their children’s education.

Read about why school Principals want Community Hubs in their schools

Community hubs work across four key areas



Early years

Vocational pathways

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A proven model

Community hubs are a proven model that benefit schools and families, by:

building connections between families and their school

supporting better settlement outcomes through engaging isolated mothers

improving outcomes for children through early learning activities

connecting parents with services

developing better language, literacy and learning outcomes for mothers and children

Achieving positive settlement outcomes

Hubs are recognised as a leading model to support migrant women with young children, giving them the best chance of achieving positive settlement outcomes. Independent evaluations indicate that:

a place-based approach focused on engagement acts as a gateway for migrant and refugee women, and their children to access services

hubs significantly increase the uptake of services among migrant families

hubs support migrant and refugee children and their families to be better prepared for school, and to better understand Australia’s education system