Goodstart to run year years centre for families out of Capalaba State College

GOODSTART Early Learning will set up and run the new state government-funded Redlands Early Years Place.

Capalaba MP Don Brown said the non-profit organisation would run the service at Capalaba State College and up to three satellite locations would be set up to provide greater reach for vulnerable families.

“The facility is expected to be completed before the end of 2017 with interim service delivery for families beginning late this year,” Mr Brown said.

Full service would start at the facility in first term next year.

“This initiative aligns with the Palaszczuk’s government’s commitment to increase the number of integrated early years’ services in Queensland,” Mr Brown said.

“The … government has invested a combined $2.5 million for capital and establishment funding for the new service as well as an additional $120,000 in recurrent annual funding.”

Mr Brown said that as part of the new Redlands Early Years Place, Goodstart would work with other agencies to deliver a mix of services to support the Redlands community including supported playgroups, parenting support and engagement, family support and child and allied health services.

“The Education and Training Department  has engaged and consulted widely with the Redlands community and found that it is very supportive of this new service being established,” he said.

“The department will continue to engage with the community throughout the implementation period.”