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Ballarat Early Learning Centres get a revamp

Four early learning centres in country Victoria to undergo improvements.

The project, which includes Wendouree, Brown Hill, Mount Clear and Buninyong Children’s Centre, has been given a $2.4 million budget for upgrades which consists of a $1.2 million state government grant and another $1.2 million funding from the city council.

Each early learning centre will undergo expansion to fit 114 more new licensed places for kindergarten children. Ballarat-based Q Constructions Pty Ltd is the construction firm commissioned for the project. The upgrade to the four child care centres is in response to meet the government’s requirements for universal access to 15 hours of supported kindergarten program in over 10 months per year.

The second stage of the project will also refurbish Sebastopol, Delacombe and Wendouree’s Linda Brown Centre. It will also work on relocating Midlands Kindergarten and the new purpose-built kindergarten at Miners Rest.

According to Western Victoria Liberal party member Simon Ramsay MP, the enhancements that will be undertaken by the early learning centres in Ballarat is a part of the $40 million investment for the state by the Napthine Government for early childhood foundation.

Ramsay said that refurbishment projects like the one being undertaken can give immediate and long-term advantages to children and their families. He added that 95 per cent of a child’s brain development occurs at five years old,making it crucial to cultivate quality education in the early years.

City of Ballarat mayor, councillor John Burt OAM, anticipated the completion of the project and highlighted the importance of commitment to a child friendly city, saying that the Council has a continuous responsibility to make sure that they have the best services and amenities to facilitate early childhood education in Ballarat.
Completion of the project is expected by August 2013.

 

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