Cowes Primary School To Operate Early Learning Centre

Following the announcement last month by UnitingCare Gippsland that it had chosen to withdraw as the operator of the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre, Bass Coast Shire Council is now pleased to announce that the Cowes Primary School will be taking over as the operator of the Centre from February next year.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to confirm that Cowes Primary School will become the operator of the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre, subject to the approval of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development,” Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said.

“This is the best possible outcome, as it ensures continuity of service when UnitingCare Gippsland ends its involvement at the end of February 2014.  We know that families and current users of the service have been very concerned by media reports that the Centre might close. This will reassure them that the service will be there when they need it after the holiday break, as the Cowes Primary School is a stable government institution with management practices and systems in place.

“More importantly, it provides continuity of children’s learning experience as they move through the education system.

“The original intention of those who developed the vision and began the planning for this Centre was to have it fully integrated with the Primary School. This vision has now become a reality.

“Council made a significant investment of over $2mil to see the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre come to life. It is a state of the art facility that provides integrated childcare and maternal and child health services and an example of the kind of facility that facilitate children’s early development and transition to education. So we are very pleased with the outcome we have achieved.

“I also want to acknowledge the many interested parties who contacted Council to express their support or interest in operating the Centre. This gave us confidence that the Centre would continue to provide these services to the community of Phillip Island.”