New facility for East Waikiki Primary students and parents


Education Minister Peter Collier officially opens the new centre for families and children at East Waikiki Primary School.
Education Minister Peter Collier officially opens the new centre for families and children at East Waikiki Primary School.

A SCHOOL-based centre for families and young children on the grounds of the East Waikiki Primary School has been officially opened by Education Minister Peter Collier.

The $1.5 million centre will be operated by Ngala Community Services in partnership with the school.

It includes a fully equipped child health clinic room, consultant rooms, group activity room, outdoor play area and kitchen.

Mr Collier said the services provided by the centre were needed to help children succeed at school.

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“I recognise and value the important role of parents as their children’s first teachers,” Mr Collier said.

“And I know parenting at times can be a tough and demanding job.

“By using the services and participating in the programs provided by the centre, parents and their children will become more confident about the start to primary school.”

The facility rounds out the start of the State Government’s $49 million child and parent centre initiative with 21 centres now running.