Cire Services is excited to announce a new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art Early Learning Hub to be built at Yarra Junction, hugely benefitting families in the Upper Yarra.
With funding from the Department of Education’s Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) and a substantial financial investment by Cire, the Hub will open in early 2024 and comprise a 118-place long day care service with an integrated funded kindergarten program for both 3-year-old and 4-year-olds. It will also have Cire’s Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program on-site, as well as meeting rooms and consulting spaces for external agencies.
Located at 43 Little Yarra Road, adjacent to Cire Community School, construction is scheduled to commence in February 2023. Cire Early Learning’s existing centre, currently co-located at the school, will be redeveloped into a quality learning environment for Years 5 and 6 students thanks to another Victorian Government grant awarded by the Department of Education’s Block Grant Authority.
Cire CEO Gus Seremetis said the projects will create a state-of-the-art precinct at Yarra Junction for children from birth and pre-school through to Year 12.
“Cire is very excited about what these projects mean for the Upper Yarra, providing easily accessible and quality education and resources, state-of-the-art facilities and support,” she said.
“Cire’s substantial co-contribution of several million dollars is testimony to our commitment and confidence for the future of the Upper Yarra, and the region, and in providing the best possible learning and education opportunities and support for children and their families.”
Diletta Lanciana, Executive Manager Cire Early Learning, said the new hub would be a fantastic community resource offering a one-stop early years’ service for the Upper Yarra area.
It will have a far-reaching benefit, particularly given Cire’s Yarra Junction-based OSCH provides for nine local primary schools and offers a unique bus service, collecting children from school each afternoon.
Yarra Ranges Mayor, Councillor Jim Child, commended Cire for its vision and ongoing commitment to the region.
Cr Child, who officiated at a sod-turning ceremony for the Early Years Hub on 16 December, said Cire’s achievements have been remarkable since its humble beginnings as the Yarra Junction Neighbourhood House in 1976.
“Cire has gone from strength to strength since those early years to become one of the largest not-for-profit organisations in the Yarra Ranges and a valued partner and friend of the Yarra Ranges Council.”
“We commend Cire for its initiative and forward-thinking in helping meet the needs of our communities who are often geographically disadvantaged because they are at the farther extreme of our municipality.”
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