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Bayswater Early Years Hub

A building starts to take shape...

Work progressed very quickly during June at the site of the new Bayswater early years hub.

The framing is now complete and builders have started adding the roof and external cladding.

Check out the pics below:

Bayswater early years hub taking shape
Bayswater early years hub takes shape
Bayswater early years hub roof going on
The early years hub Bayswater starts to take shape

Construction update

Lots of activity at the site of the new Bayswater early years centre as construction kicks off.

All the underground services have been installed and the excavation for the footings completed. The next stage will be to pour around 60 truckloads of cement which will form the footings and the slab.

If you drive past, you should also be able to see the start of the steel frame being erected at the front of the building - with the remainder scheduled for completion during June.

Bayswater hub installing servces
Installing services at Bayswater hub
Preparing footings at Bayswater hub
preparing to pour the slab at Bayswater hub

Demolition commences

Things are really heating up at the site of the new early years hub in Bayswater.

Construction contractors, Circon Constructions, have taken possession of the site and secured the construction area. They started with demolishing the old building and have cleared the site so that digging the foundations can commence.

In line with Council's strong focus on sustainability, old building materials were recycled or repurposed wherever possible. The women's refuge in Lilydale once again being the recipient of the many of the materials salvaged.

work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater
work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater
Work commences at the site of the early years hub in Bayswater
Construction commences at the Bayswater early years hub

Breaking ground in Bayswater

The official breaking ground at the site of the new early years centre in Phyllis St Bayswater took place on 31 January 2018.

A group of around 50 people gathered to watch Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, Dinsdale Ward Councillor, Cr Adam Gill, and the State Government Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos MLC, turn the first sods of soil before construction begins in February. They were joined by other Knox Councillors and a number of local children, including some from the neighbouring Bayswater West Primary School, who had been invited to attend this special day.

In an exciting announcement welcomed by Council, Minister Mikakos announced the awarding of a $1.6 million grant by the State Government towards the construction of the $9.5 million facility.

The demolition and building permits have both since been received so we can expect to see some further activity on the site shortly.

Read the media release for more information

Local children breaking ground at Bayswater early years hub site
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore greets Minister Jenny Mikakos at the Bayswater breaking ground
Crowds watch the Bayswater breaking ground ceremony
Mayor John Mortimore addresses the guests at the breaking ground ceremony
Minister Jenny Mikakos joins Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore and other Councillors and local children to turn the soil at the Bayswater breaking ground
Minister Jenny Mikakos, Mayor Cr John Mortimore, Knox Councillors and local children break ground in Bayswater
Knox Mayor, Cr John Mortimore shares digging duties with local children
Mayor John Mortimore and local children at the breaking ground ceremony

Construction Contract Awarded

On Monday 22 January 2018, Council endorsed the appointment of Circon Constructions Pty Ltd for the construction of the new centre in Phyllis St, Bayswater.

The contractors have taken immediate possession of the site and with work commencing early February.

The 4500 square metre facility is expected to open early 2019.

Read the media release for more information

Bayswater Early Years Hub Receives State Government Grant

In exciting news, the State Government has announced it will provide a grant of $1.6 million funding towards the building of the Bayswater early years hub.

This grant money has been provided through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and was announced by the Minister for Early Childhood Education, Hon. Jenny Mikakos MLC.

For more information about the grants provided, visit the Victorian School Building Authority website.

Farewell Blue Hills Children and Family Centre

On Thursday 7 December, the Blue Hills Preschool Committee, in partnership with Bayswater West Primary School and Knox City Council, celebrated 46 years of service to the community, prior to closing its doors at the end of 2017 and making way for work to commence on the new early years hub in early 2018.

Blue Hills Preschool opened in 1971 and for almost five decades has been a large part of the Bayswater community. Many families attended the Maternal & Child Health (MCH) service in the centre with their new born children, participated in playgroup or activity groups, and then moved on to the preschool before starting school at close by Bayswater West or local primary schools.

Families from past and present were invited to come along and share their stories of Blue Hill and more than 200 people attended the event, including past students and teachers. Even the first teacher that started at Blue Hills Preschool when centre first opened and a pupil from this cohort attended.

Many many stories shared were a trip down memory lane and a number of people brought along cherished items including "Kinder Books”, photos and art/craft masterpieces they created as a 4 year old at 'kindy'.

A great buzz, excitement, energy, and sense of belonging, filled the preschool room along with laughter as people remembered their time at Blue Hills. It was clear that Blue Hills Children and Family Centre has been a big part of Bayswater community. Fond memories were recounted and delight at seeing old friends and students was very apparent.

Thank you Blue Hills Preschool Committee for organising this event, and a big thank you for your contribution and commitment to the Blue Hills Preschool over the past 46 years.

Outside shot of Blue Hills Children and Family Centre
Inside Blue Hills Children and Family Centre
Inside Blue Hills Children and Family Centre
Playground at Blue Hills Children and Family Centre

Blue Hills Children and Family Centre relocation

In preparation for the commencement of construction of a new early years facility in 2018, services that operate out of the Blue Hills Children and Family Centre are being relocated to a number of temporary sites.

Blue Hills Maternal and Child Health

The Bayswater Maternal and Child Health Service will operate out of either Bayswater Primary School or Bayswater West Primary School via the following services:

Birch Street MCH
Bayswater Primary School
2 Birch St, Bayswater
Mel ref: 64 E6
Entry is via the preschool carpark.

Warruga Avenue MCH
Bayswater West Primary School
Cnr Warruga Ave and Phyllis St, Bayswater
Mel ref: 64 C6
Entry is via Warruga Ave entrance. MCH is located in the school office area.

Families have been contacted regarding which MCH centre they have been transferred to. To make or change an appointment, contact MCH Central Booking on 9298 8741.

Blue Hills Playgroup

The Blue Hills Playgroup has relocated to the Cooinda Children and Family Centre at 21 Dinsdale Rd in Boronia.
Please contact 9298 8348 or email play@knox.vic.gov.au for any queries or more information.

Blue Hills Preschool

The Blue Hills Preschool will continue to operate from the Blue Hills premises until the end of term 4 on 19 December 2017.
Families who had Blue Hills Preschool listed as a preference in their registration for 2018 have had the opportunity to choose another preschool. Please contact 9298 8000 for any queries regarding preschool services.

Design update

Exciting news in Bayswater as the next design phase for the new Bayswater early years hub has commenced. A contractor has been engaged to commence the detailed design of the centre and we hope to have a detailed design by the end of the year.

Once the design has been finalised, a tender will be advertised to seek quotes for the construction. We anticipate construction starting on site in late February or early March 2018.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Information display

An information display was held on Saturday 17 June from 10am to 12pm at Blue Hills Children and Family Centre, 41-43 Phyllis Street Bayswater.

Local residents and community members were invited to view the building plans for the new centre in Bayswater and ask questions about this new facility.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Darren Pearce and local councillor Adam Gill both attended during the morning, as did a number of residents and community members. Thanks to all who attended and for the feedback received.

If you would like to receive regular updates about the early years hubs project, please register your details.

May update

Works on the new centre in Bayswater are progressing within the schedule, with concept plans currently being finalised. Council Officers expect to commence the tender for detailed design in June 2017 and tender for construction in November 2017.

For now though, it is business as usual for all of our services. Our team is committed to working together with you to deliver a high quality, responsive service with your children at the centre of our focus and effort. We are also committed to working with you when it is time to transition to our exciting new locations. We will keep you up to date with regular bulletins and we will be inviting you to contribute to the transition planning and to tell us how we can support you and your child/ren to settle in to the new service facilities.

Please email early.years@knox.vic.gov.au or contact Neda Moghaddas on 9298 8000, for any questions that you may have on this project.

What will be in the hub at Bayswater?

The new centre in Bayswater will include:

  • 105 long day care places per day:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 2 rooms with 12 places each
    • For 2 to 3 year olds - 3 rooms with 16 places each
    • For 3 to 5 year olds - 1 room with 33 places
  • 33 places per day for 4 year old sessional preschool
  • A shared outdoor play space for the long day care and sessional preschool programs
  • 1 playgroup room with an outdoor play space
  • 2 Maternal Child Health offices
  • 1 Allied Health consulting suite
  • Kitchen and dining area for children
  • Feeding room
  • Pram storage
  • Off street parking

The Bayswater early years hub is supported by the Victorian Government

Victorian School Building Authority

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