Hindmarsh council investigates $2m Nhill intergrated early years centre possibility

HINDMARSH Shire Council is investigating the possibility of building an integrated early years centre at Nhill.

Council has flagged its interest in a $780,000 State Government grant for the project.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s children’s facilities capital grants fund provides opportunities to build integrated children’s centres.

The centres must provide kindergarten, long day care, maternal and child health, early childhood intervention services and family services.

Centres can include playgroups, parenting groups and counselling services.

Corporate and community services director Anne Champness said Hindmarsh lodged an expression of interest in a centre.

The proposed $1.95-million early years care and education hub would replace the existing services at Nhill Kindergarten and Nhill Early Learning Centre.

“The integrated children’s centre will have the capacity to accommodate up to 33 children in one room and 16 in a second room,” Ms Champness said.

Kindergarten places at Nhill are already at capacity, with children on the waiting list.

The community’s growing demand for kindergarten services is limited by ageing venues.

Mayor Rob Gersch expressed concern so much of the project would depend on grants and contributions.

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