Phillip Island,

Phillip Island Early Learning Centre To Be Officially Opened

Come and celebrate the official opening of the Phillip Island Early Learning Centre by the Hon Wendy Lovell, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development.

The community is invited to be a part of this exciting occasion on Thursday, 10 October at 10.00am, and enjoy a sausage sizzle and fresh fruit whilst being entertained by children from Cowes Primary School.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community and Economic Development Director, Steven Piasente, said the idea for an integrated children’s facility adjacent to the Cowes Primary School was first put forward in the early 1990s.

“Since then, there have been numerous discussions, visits to other integrated children’s centres and a visit by Council officers and representatives to Canberra to lobby directly for funding,” Mr Piasente said.

“Following a number of applications, Council was successful in receiving a grant from DEECD in 2010 for $1 million and, with a further commitment from Council of $2.2million, the project commenced.”

The state of the art building was designed by Baldasso Cortese and constructed by Ducon Pty Ltd.  Council project managed all aspects of the Centre, which opened its doors on 14 January 2013.

The Centre, which is managed by UnitingCare Gippsland, provides kindergarten spaces for up to 50 children and childcare spaces to 56 children.  Bass Coast Community Health Service provides maternal and child health services from the Centre and the facility is able to accommodate playgroups, specialist services and parenting programs and community meeting spaces.

For catering purposes, please RSVP to Shirley Egan on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or via email