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New early years place opens doors

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A new early years place has officially opened in the Redlands, helping children and their families access health, support and community services.
The Redlands Integrated Early Years Place will be run by Goodstart Early Learning in partnership with The Benevolent Society.
Based on the grounds of the Capalaba State College, as well as three satellite sites across the Redlands area, the service offers a mix of services including early childhood educator and teacher training, child and maternal health and parent support.
The aim of the new place is to increase access to early years resources across the region, including the Redland Bay islands.
Goodstart chief executive officer Julia Davison said the place would help connect vulnerable children in the community with essential services.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, Goodstart Early Learning has a very strong commitment to children and their families, and this initiative will give us the chance to better support the local community,” Ms Davison said.
“Children are at the centre of everything we do and by supporting this community hub we can offer support and services to those who may not necessarily have access to other early learning and care opportunities.”
The opening event held today, May 29, featured a tour of the facilities and play activities for children.
Service coordinator Andrea Carlson said three playgroups would be held at the centre every week, on Mondays and Tuesdays, meeting the needs of toddlers and babies and Fun Fridays from 9.30-11.30am for all age groups.
Families can seek the help of professionals such as occupational therapists, get health checks for children, health referrals and support and transition to school programs.
Breakfast is served on Mondays and Thursdays, and the centre will be open a couple of afternoons a week for those looking to connect with other families in the community. The centre features children’s play equipment, books, puzzles and stations for messy play.
The centre will host well-known preschool teacher, artist and author of Teacher Tom’s First Book, Teacher Tom, to speak to early learning educators on June 5 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

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