We are helping build the new Integrated Early Learning Centre (IELC), set to open in 2022, next to Footscray City Primary School on the previous Hyde Street Kindergarten site.
The IELC, which will be built in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, will provide kindergarten for three and four-year-olds, long day care, and maternal and child health services.
It forms a part of the new Footscray Learning Precinct, which will link, expand and upgrade schools across Melbourne’s inner west and integrate learning at all levels, from early childhood to university.
It will further support the growing demand for early years and education services in the area.
Integrated early learning centres (IELC's) are key hubs for the community and bring together a range of professional services to deliver education, care, health and support services to children and their families. IELC's can provide a focal point for new communities in growth areas and improve the accessibility, quality, and integration of early childhood services in established metropolitan and regional areas.
Building a co-located centre on or next to a primary school site provides many benefits for Victorian families, including making:
Having an IELC adjacent to the school helps create a hub that benefits the whole community. Each new early year's facility will be built to ensure the best possible education outcomes for all children.
The facility will offer:
An external provider will be appointed ahead of the centre opening in 2022.
Enrolment enquiries can be made through Maribyrnong Council: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can read more in this factsheet (PDF, Word).
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