New Early Years Facility to be officially opened

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The new Strathfieldsaye Early Years Hub will be officially opened by Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke and the Hon Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East on Friday August 17.

The new facility delivers essential early years infrastructure and services to the Strathfieldsaye community, including learning spaces for three and four year old preschool programs, a new play space, a Maternal and Child Health service, playgroup and a community meeting space.

Through Shine Bright the hub also provides 66 licenced preschool places for four years olds, which allows for a total of 132 children to attend preschool each week. It also provides 22 places for a three year old preschool program.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said development of the hub had been a long term project and the opening is an exciting day for the Strathfieldsaye community. 

“It is great for Strathfieldsaye to have a one-stop-shop where local families with young children can access quality learning, play and care services in a modern purpose built facility,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Strathfieldsaye is one of the fastest growing areas of our municipality and this is forecast to continue over the next two decades, so the facility is a necessity. 

“The City wants to ensure that all children have access to the best possible start in life and that they can visit facilities that encourage healthy growth, wellbeing and development.  We know that if kids have a great start to their education it will provide them with positive benefits for the rest of their lives.

“This project responds directly to the City’s Community Plan, by providing important early years education, health care and community service infrastructure for residents.  The new hub more than doubles the capacity of the existing facility to meet current and future demand for preschool.  It also doubles the capacity to deliver maternal and child health services, with the inclusion of two consultation rooms.” 

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said it's so exciting to see the new Strathfieldsaye Integrated Hub come together and provide a one-stop-shop with preschool, Maternal and Child Health services, playgroups and other community services under one roof.

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