FAMILIES with young children in Corinella are continuing to access quality local kindergarten programs, with the official opening of the new Bass Valley Children’s Centre.
The centre has been operating for just over two months and provides a range of early learning programs.
The new integrated children’s centre includes a kinder with 22 four-year-old places, long day and before/after school care, as well as Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services and meeting spaces.
Many of these services are being provided for the first time in the community.
The centre is built next to the Bass Valley Primary School, which will make the transition to school even easier for little locals.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr Pamela Rothfield said it was the second integrated children’s hub in Bass Coast Shire, with Phillip Island Children’s Hub opening in 2013.
“Being situated next to Bass Valley Primary School, there will be excellent opportunities to support school ‘ready’ and school transition programs,” Cr Rothfield said.
“It will also allow for easy drop-offs for parents with children at school and at kinder or childcare.
“The Bass Valley Children’s Centre committee members and parents from the local community have worked passionately and tirelessly towards this result, since 2010.
“Through an enormous amount of work and ups and downs, the group didn’t lose sight of their vision.”
Bass Coast Shire Council managed the project build and partnerships, and appointed centre operators, Bestchance Child and Family Care.
The not-for-profit organisation has been providing education and support to children and families for over 100 years.
Project contributions to date include $70,000 raised by the committee; council $1,527,128 and the Department of Education and Early Childhood $900,000.
The mayor said the centre will provide excellent employment, education and training opportunities for families who live in and around the Waterline area.
“This facility has brought about excellent child care options and has increased employment opportunities within the local area.”
To enrol your child for childcare and/or kindergarten places for 2018 and onwards, contact Bestchance on 5603 3408 or via email on bassvalleycc@bestchance.org.au
The centre is located adjacent to the Bass Valley Primary School at 60 Corinella Road, Corinella.