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School-readiness boost for Kwinana kids

10 September 2014
Families in the Kwinana area are accessing parenting advice, health services and other support to help their young children thrive – all from the convenient location of a local primary school.

The $1.08million purpose-built Child and Parent Centre at Calista Primary School was officially opened earlier this month.

Principal Craig Skinner said many local children had been starting Kindergarten without the skills and experiences to get the most from their schooling.

“The Child and Parent Centre will offer services to help families so their children are more prepared for school,” Mr Skinner said.

“There will be a community health nurse at the centre and families will be able to access speech pathology and occupational therapy services for their children.

“There are also Meet, Stay and Play sessions for parents with children aged up to four, and parenting information and workshops.”

The centre is operated by non-government organisation Ngala Community Services.

The State Government is investing $48.7million in Child and Parent Centres over five years.

The Departments of Education; Health; Local Government and Communities; and Child Protection and Family Support are working with non-government organisations to deliver services at Child and Parent Centres.

For more information visit Bigger Picture Education.

Picture: Nine-month-old Marley enjoys playing at the Child and Parent Centre - Calista. Photograph courtesy of Ngala Community Services.

School-readiness boost for Kwinana kids

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