Bubup Nairm Family and Children's Centre (26.06.2013)
Written on the 1 July 2013Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- On Sunday I was delighted to attend the Bubup Nairm Family and Children's Centre in St Kilda together with my parliamentary colleagues Wendy Lovell, the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development; Ms Pennicuik; and David Southwick, Clem Newton-Brown and Martin Foley, the members for Caulfield, Prahran and Albert Park in the Assembly respectively. Only a few weeks ago I attended a tour of the newly finished centre with the mayor of the City of Port Philip, Amanda Stevens, and other council representatives. We met parents and a number of young children who attend the centre as well as some of the dedicated staff involved in the centre.
The new centre has the capacity to provide up to 116 licensed children's service places and provide a range of services to the city of Port Phillip community, including maternal and child health services, new parents groups, a multipurpose room, an area for immunisation services -- which is incredibly important -- and family services.
Supporting services for children -- including some of the state's most vulnerable -- in their early developmental years is something this government is very focused on. This year's budget commits $46.3 million for children.
It includes $34.3 million over five years for an additional 1000 early childhood intervention service places each year to support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth until school age; $7 million for the children's facilities capital program to build and upgrade children's centres and kindergartens across Victoria, including in growth corridors and regional areas; and $4.6 million in scholarships to upgrade the qualifications of early years educators. These initiatives will have significant and important long-term benefits for Victoria's children.