Parents and families with young children in the Albany area have a new centre to access health and learning services, and extra support to give their children the best start in life.
Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the $2.2 million Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer.
"We know a child's early years significantly influence success at school and opportunities throughout life, so support like this is vital," Mr Barnett said.
"Parents in Mount Lockyer and the broader community can seek advice from a child health nurse on matters such as nutrition and sleep, get ideas for activities to help their children learn, and have their children referred to specialists.
"The centre provides a community where parents can meet, share experiences, build relationships and access a wide range of programs and services."
The bright and welcoming Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer reflects the heart of Albany with a striking blue and green exterior and a large wooden ship in the outdoor play area.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the facility included a fully equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room and kitchen facilities.
"This is one of 21 centres that are supporting parents to help their children be as ready as possible for school in locations that have the greatest need. The centres bring services together for families on or near school sites," Mr Collier said.
The Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer is operated by Wanslea, in partnership with Mount Lockyer Primary School
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
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Education Minister's office - 6552 6300