Early Learning Centre

At Warragul Primary School we  grow children’s minds
and create healthy individuals.

Warragul Early Learning Centre Project

Plans for the new Early Learning Centre (ELC) are in full swing and the ELC is expected to open in 2020.

The philosophy is simple, learning comes from children exploring through play and activities, led by their interest and ideas. The ELC looks to support and encourage these young minds and prepare them for a successful entry into primary school.

Background

Baw Baw Shire’s population is growing quickly. Our overall annual growth rate is at 2.9%, this is significantly more than the 1.8% state average.

These figures are even higher in our main growth areas of Warragul and Drouin. With more young families moving to the shire each year, and as birth rates continue to rise, so does the need for more early years services.

Current Situation

The Baw Baw Shire has commenced an amazing and exciting opportunity for all Warragul residents with the Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten facility being built right on Warragul Primary School’s doorstep.

We are thrilled that the Warragul Early Learning Centre is currently open and operating in our junior campus, (until construction is completed in 2020).  The program offers a full four year old kindergarten program where children learn and prepare for school by developing strong social skills, improving their health and well-being and having fun learning in an encouraging and nurturing environment. 

This facility is a welcome addition to supporting our growing community and helping children to develop and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.  Enrolments and tours are welcome and we invite you to come and see for yourself the fabulous program and facilities that are on offer.  For more information about our facility or to enroll click here.

Until our program started there has been scarce vacancies available to cover kindergarten places in our main townships. New applications are received at such a rate that we regularly face waiting lists for places.

At this point, enrolment data and population trends suggest that we will need to build a new kindergarten facility in the Shire every two years.

To help us cater for our growing community, we need additional infrastructure to support more kindergarten positions for 2020 and into the future.

Once completed, the Warragul Early Learning Centre (ELC) project will provide 132 kindergarten places with a capacity of 66 students per session.

Baw Baw Shire Council has been in close consultation with Warragul Primary School and both parties acknowledge and support the value of this project.

Construction of a new early learning centre in Warragul
Early Learning Centre that is brand new at Warragul Primary school
Enrol your child at the new early learning centre in Warragul
New early learning centre being built in Warragul located at Warragul Primary School

Scope of Works

The project scope involves the construction of a 498m2 ELC to be co-located at the Warragul Primary School, Bowen Street Campus.

The building will feature:

  • Two multi-use activity rooms.
  • Lounge/waiting area.
  • Two consultation rooms for dedicated Allied Health and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services.
  • Staff office, staff meeting and lunch room.
  • Additional car parking including accessible ramps.
  • Landscaping and signage.

Scope of Works

The project scope involves the construction of a 498m2 ELC to be co-located at the Warragul Primary School, Bowen Street Campus.

The building will feature:

  • Two multi-use activity rooms.
  • Lounge/waiting area.
  • Two consultation rooms for dedicated Allied Health and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services.
  • Staff office, staff meeting and lunch room.
  • Additional car parking including accessible ramps.
  • Landscaping and signage.

Project Budget and Funding

The total budget to deliver this project is $3.2 million.

Baw Baw Shire Council has been successful in securing funding support from both State and Federal Governments.

Total funding contributions include:

Baw Baw Shire Council – $970,000

Developer:

  • Contribution Levy – $781,000
  • State Government – $650,000
  • Federal Government – $800,000

Total Project Cost – $3,201,000

Project Budget and Funding

The total budget to deliver this project is $3.2 million.

Baw Baw Shire Council has been successful in securing funding support from both State and Federal Governments.

Total funding contributions include:

Baw Baw Shire Council – $970,000

Developer:

  • Contribution Levy – $781,000
  • State Government – $650,000
  • Federal Government – $800,000

Total Project Cost – $3,201,000

Project Timeframes

Following approval of the tender for construction works, works are anticipated to commence on site from July 2018.

Construction works are expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

What to Expect

During construction there will be additional activity in the area around the project site.

These activities will include:

  • Service locating.
  • Earthworks including excavations.
  • Deliveries of material.
  • Car park works.
  • Building works.

Landscaping and site reinstatement.

Every effort will be made to minimise the impacts to the community during the construction works.

New Baw Baw Shire Early Learning Centre in Warragul

Continued Advocacy

Kindergarten infrastructure remains one of council’s key advocacy priorities. We will continue to advocate for the needs of our growing shire to other levels of government, so we can work together to deliver projects that matter.

Do you have any questions?

We’re here to help! If you have any questions about the Warragul Early Learning Centre Project, please get in touch with the Baw Baw Shire Council on 5624 2411,via Live Chat on the Baw Baw Shire Council website or via Facebook Messenger alternatively please call the school office to speak to the kindergarten staff on 5623 2460 at any time during business hours.

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