City moves to boost childcare and early education places

October 20, 2016 by  

Young children and families in West Melbourne, Victoria are set to benefit from the planned upgrade and development of centres focused on care and schooling across the city.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said the move would effectively enhance childcare places by an estimated 215.

He said the need for additional childcare places is rising rapidly with more than 6,800 new residents arriving last year.

Council, he added, was ever mindful of the need to continually meet the demand and ensure as many families as possible can access affordable, high quality early education and childcare services.

Lord Mayor Doyle said the latest investment is aimed at expanding services in areas in most need and where growth is at its most dominant.

The projects, which are expected to be widely promoted through flyers and newsletter printing, will include the establishment of a 120-place family services and childcare centre in conjunction with the Munro development which is located adjacent the Queen Victoria Market in West Melbourne.

An $8.6 million redevelopment is also planned for North Melbourne’s Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre, along with a major investment into establishing a new integrated children and family service that will see the Central Carlton Children’s Centre incorporated into the Carlton Primary School site, and a Hotham Hub Children’s Centre upgrade estimated to cost $1.6m.

According to Cr Richard Foster, who chairs the Melbourne People City Portfolio, the Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre is expected to be operational by 2019.