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Education Matters

More Child/Parent Centres to support families

Liberal Announcement January 25

Premier Colin Barnett today announced six new Child and Parent Centres across Western Australia to provide vital services for vulnerable families with young children.
Speaking at the Western Australian Council of Social Services New Year Sector Breakfast today, Mr Barnett said this would bring to 16 the total number of centres to be established at public primary school sites offering child development, health and parent support programs and services.
“In March 2012, I announced the locations of the first 10 centres to offer integrated health, education and parenting services for babies, young children and their parents,” he said.
“Non-government organisations are already in place to co-ordinate programs and services for these first 10, which will be fully operational between 2014 and 2015.
“Today’s announcement to invest a further $19.9million and open another six centres between 2014 and 2016 clearly demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to giving young children the best possible start in life and making it easier for parents to raise their families.”
The six new centres will be located at:
  • East Maddington Primary School
  • East Waikiki Primary School
  • Gosnells Primary School
  • Mount Lockyer Primary School (Albany)
  • Rangeway Primary School (Geraldton)
  • Wilson Park Primary School (Collie).

The centres will offer parenting workshops, child and maternal health services, playgroups, early learning programs, counselling and family support, depending on the specific needs of each community.


“The key to a successful start in life is to make sure that families know about, and have ready access to, affordable support services within their immediate communities,” the Premier said.


“By providing services at one convenient school-based location there is less chance of families giving up in frustration when trying to find the vital help and support they need.


“This is a decision by Government to help vulnerable children and families.  We have chosen these sites so that those who most need this type of support can get it.”


Education Minister Peter Collier said the continuity in support that school-based centres would provide had countless long-term benefits for children.


“Without positive early foundations before starting school, children often struggle in the classroom and their life prospects can be compromised,” Mr Collier said.


“The most successful learning begins from birth with parents as children’s first teachers, so that with support, by the time children arrive at school they are well prepared and ready to achieve.”


Each centre will be run by a non-government organisation with a centre co-ordinator to manage the range of services offered.


The State Government will invest $19.9million in the six new centres, bringing the total commitment to establishing and operating all 16 Child and Parent Centres to $48.7million.

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