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Media Release - From the cradle to the school gate: New early years centre in Wantirna South to help kids flourish

Excited local families have joined the Mayor, Councillors and Council staff, for the official opening of the new $11.7 million Knox Children and Family Centre in Wantirna South on the weekend.

The centre brings together a range of essential services for young children, ranging from Maternal and Child Health to sessional preschool, long day care, occasional childcare and community and supported playgroups.

The outdoor classroom allows children of all ages to interact and play together and includes an edible garden under construction, sand, water, rocks and many more elements from nature, as well as construction areas and art spaces.

Knox Councillor's at opening of the Knox Children and Family Centre in Wantirna South
Pictured: Cr Jake Keogh (Mayor), Cr Lisa Cooper, Cr Peter Lockwood (Deputy Mayor), Cr Nicole Seymour and Cr Adam Gill

Building on the new outdoor classroom, the centre sets net benchmarks in being an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable facility. This includes being a thermally-sealed building, and measures to boost energy efficiency, cut waste and collect and re-use water among other initiatives.

The building has also been designed as a ‘Faraday Cage’ structure, which minimizes the impact of electro-magnetic interference on communications and building management systems. And it has also been constructed to last, with an estimated lifetime of a century, or potentially 30+ generations of children.

Quotes attributable to the Mayor, Cr Jake Keogh:

  • Council is proud to officially declare open the new Knox Children and Family Centre, Wantirna South.
  • This bold, visionary and integrated new facility will transform the face of early childhood education, as well as young lives, in Knox and outer eastern Melbourne.
  • Council funded this entire project to the tune of $11.7 million – highlighting our long-standing commitment to and, support for, children and families in Knox.
  • Our children’s future is our City’s future and with facilities like these, we are doing everything possible to ensure they get off to the best possible start in life.

Issued: Tuesday 19 February 2019

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