- New Child and Parent Centre to serve Maddington families
Parents in Maddington will now have access to a range of local programs and services as part of a State Government commitment to West Australian Child and Parent Centres.
Opening the new centre at East Maddington Primary School, Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the State Government would open 21 centres by 2016 at a total cost of $52.5 million.
"The State Government recognises that the early years of a child's life are critical to their future development so we must ensure all West Australian children have the best start possible," Mr Simpson said.
"Parenting is a challenge and easy access to local programs for families is a priority for the State Government. Child and Parent Centres make a host of initiatives including parent workshops and groups, child and maternal health services readily available.
"These centres are a great example of the State Government working in partnership with the community service sector to deliver programs which are targeted and relevant to the communities they serve."
Education Minister Peter Collier said facilities would include a fully-equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room, kitchen facilities and an outdoor play area.
"The fact centres are at schools also gives school staff the opportunity to work with and build a relationship with families from the time children are born," Mr Collier said.
"The Child and Parent Centres are part of a wider push to ensure more children start formal schooling ready to learn and fulfil their potential, rather than playing catch-up from day one."
Programs and activities at WA Child and Parent Centres are targeted at families with children from pre-birth to four years; however, families with children up to eight years old may also use the centres.
- The departments of Education; Health; Local Government and Communities and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support are working together with non-government organisations to deliver services at Child and Parent Centres
- The Child and Parent Centre, East Maddington, is run by Centrecare in partnership with the East Maddington Primary School
- For more information, visit http://biggerpicture.education.wa.edu.au
Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Education Minister's office - 6552 6300