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Wantirna South Early Years Hub

Wantirna South Early Years Hub Breaking Ground Invitation

Breaking Ground in Wantirna South!

The official breaking ground at the Wantirna South Early Years Hub took place on 29 May 2017, but the story behind it started a few weeks earlier.

One day in mid-May a group of specially selected young members of the Knox community received a personal invitation to join the Mayor, Cr Darren Pearce, and Councillor Lisa Cooper in the breaking ground ceremony. This group of lucky youngsters was made up of both current and past users of the Knox Early Years services and the personalised invitations and prospect of digging a hole generated great excitement among our budding construction workers. They were joined on the day by some local school children, Knox City Councillors and members of the Knox Early Years Team.

With cold, wet weather forecast as the day approached, everyone started to prepare their wet weather gear, but the weather gods smiled down on the band of intrepid diggers and the sun broke through for the very special event. Armed with their shovels, the children assisted the Mayor and other councillors to turn the soil that would mark the commencement of the building of the future Wantirna South Early Years Hub.

Afterwards, each child received a personalised 'thank you card' from the Mayor and a souvenir photo that they could keep as a memory of the day they helped start building what is sure to become one of Knox City Council's landmark facilities.

Breaking ground at the Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Speeches happened at the breaking ground at Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Our Councillors helped to break ground at the Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Knox Councillors and children at the breaking ground of Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Jack and Cr Keogh at Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Students from Knox Gardens Primary School at Wantirna South Early Years Hub
Rhett and Jack enjoy the event to break ground at Wantirna South Early Years Hub
The Knox City Council Early Years team were on site at the breaking of ground for the Wantirna South Early Years Hub

School crossing move

The school crossing opposite the Knox Gardens Primary School has been temporarily located away from the works zone and parking limits have been revised in order to ensure public safety in the vicinity of the construction works in Argyle Way.

View the parking and crossing changes (PDF)

Construction contract awarded

On Monday 8 May 2017, Council endorsed the appointment of Circon Constructions Pty Ltd for the construction of the new early years hub in Argyle Way, Wantirna South.

The delay in the original schedule to commence construction works in January 2017 for the Wantirna South Early Years Hub, has subsequently impacted the proposed timelines to open and operations of the centre. Based on the delay, the commencement for operations of the Wantirna South Early Years Hub is proposed in early 2019.

Read the media release for more information.

What will be in the hub?

The hub in Wantirna South will include:

  • 117 long day care places per day:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 3 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
  • 40 occasional care places per day with an outdoor play space:
    • For 0 to 2 year olds - 1 room with 16 places
    • For 2 to 5 year olds - 1 room with 24 places
  • 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
  • Underground car park
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