Koroit families set to benefit from improvement works and wrap-around ECEC services
Families living in the Victorian suburb of Koroit, and surrounding areas, will benefit from improvement works being carried out at Jacaranda House, allowing for a more holistic approach to supporting those with young children.
The commitment to improving Jacaranda House is part of a broader agenda by Moyne Shire Council to improve early childhood education and care (ECEC)services in its communities.
Following the $75,000 improvements, Jacaranda House will have an integrated maternal and child health service, an immunisation program, and a supported playgroup.
“The expansion and upgrades to Jacaranda House will make a significant difference to the lives of parents and families living in the Koroit region,” Moyne Shire Mayor, Counsellor Daniel Meade said.
The finished building will feature a large waiting room and space for a supported playgroup, maternal and child health room, a dedicated immunisation room, offices and private consultation rooms.
“With the addition of these new facilities and services, along with the existing three and four year old kindergarten programs, after-kinder care and the medical centre, Jacaranda House will become an Early Years Hub, providing services for local residents and children from birth right through to pre-school,” Mayor Meade added.
A new family support officer will be employed by the council to provide access to support, education and programs such as sleeping and settling care, for babies and young children.
Children currently attending the kindergarten will continue to use the building during the improvement works at Jacaranda House, which are now underway and expected to be completed by the end of October 2020.
While the impact of COVID-19 has been challenging for many families, Mayor Meade said, upgrades such as this were one way in which the council can remain focused on supporting the needs of its communities.