Construction is beginning on a new childcare and education facility aiming to provide a wraparound service for young children.
The Maiden Gully Early Years Hub will include a kindergarten, childcare for children aged 0 to five years old, allied health services and medical practitioners, with an enrolment capacity of 152 children.
Shine Bright EYM chief executive officer Suzi Sordan said the wraparound service was important as research suggested that the earlier children were diagnosed with any potential conditions and received support, the better off they would be.
Ms Sordan said such a model also offered convenience to parents by offering the services they needed for their children at the one location.
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The facility will also offer professional development and training for Shine Bright staff and others, with the organisation exploring options to involve La Trobe University and TAFE.
Ms Sordan said such a facility was probably unique in Victoria, and was the first of its kind that the non-profit community organisation had developed.
She said the Shine Bright board had aspired to build such a facility for several years, but work on this particular project had been under way for two years.
It is anticipated construction of the new facility will be completed in January 2021.
Enrolments for the new centre will open in March.
The state government has contributed $1.6 million to the $7.1 million project.