Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    New centre to help young children in Gosnells

    9/12/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Purpose-built Child and Parent Centre officially opened in Gosnells
    • Government investing $52.5 million in the Child and Parent Centre initiative

    Families in Gosnells now have easier access to health and early learning services for their young children.

     

    Opening a new Child and Parent Centre in Gosnells, Education Minister Peter Collier said 21 centres would be open by 2016, at a total cost of $52.5 million.

     

    "Supporting families with young children is a priority and these centres will give children a great start to life and their schooling," Mr Collier said.

     

    "Parents in Gosnells can get ideas for activities to help their children learn, seek advice from a child health nurse, and have their children referred to specialists."

     

    The facilities include a fully equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room, kitchen facilities and an outdoor play area.

     

    The Minister said the State Government's initiative forged strong partnerships with the community to deliver vital services.

     

    "Parenting is challenging and we know the first four years of a child's life are critical for development," he said.

     

    "Child and Parent Centres are located in areas of most need to help children facing challenging circumstances reach their full potential."

     

    The Child and Parent Centre - Gosnells is operated by Centrecare in partnership with Gosnells Primary School, an Independent Public School.

     

    Fact File

    • The departments of Education; Health; Local Government and Communities, and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support are working with non-government organisations to deliver services at Child and Parent Centres
    • For more information, visit http://biggerpicture.education.wa.edu.au 

    Minister's office - 6552 6300