Bass Valley Children’s Centre Official Opening
The Bass Valley Children’s Centre held its official Opening on Monday, 23 April, with many guests attending the special event, opened by the Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing and hosted by Bass Coast Shire Council.
The Centre has been operating for just over two months and provides a range of early learning programs, such as four-year-old kindergarten and long day care.
Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained the Children Centre is the second integrated children’s hub in Bass Coast Shire, with Phillip Island Children’s Hub opening in 2013.
‘Visiting services such as Maternal Child Health and parenting programs, will also work out of the centre to provide families with a range of support,” Cr Rothfeild said.
“This integrated model brings the services to the families.
“Being situated next to Bass Valley Primary School, there will be excellent opportunities to support school ‘ready’ and school transition programs.
“It will also allow for easy drop-offs for parents with children at school and at kinder or child care.”
Speaking at the opening, the Mayor highlighted the significant contribution the Waterline community has made to the project.
“The Bass Valley Children’s Centre committee members and parents from the local community have worked passionately and tirelessly towards this result, since 2010,” Cr Rothfield said.
“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 $70,000.00 raised by the Committee; Council $1,527,128.00 and the Department of Education and Early Childhood $900,000.00.
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 (03) 5603 3408 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The centre is located adjacent to the Bass Valley Primary School at 60 Corinella Road, Corinella.