Boost for early learning

A $300,000 grant will be used to develop an additional early learning centre at St Pauls Anglican Grammar School, Traralgon, which was announced last week.

The State Government grant will allow for the construction of a new learning facility, providing added kindergarten places and the delivery of 15 hours per week of learning for four year olds, to meet increasing demands.

Traralgon campus principal, Don Hanly, said the school was in the process of preparing the learning centre for the beginning of 2013.

Mr Hanly said the funding would assist in bringing its development to completion.

“There are long term benefits of the early learning students (who) attend the school,” he said.

“There will be a larger play area and kitchen, toilet, teaching room and storage space.

“(The funding) will allow us to create two separate classes of around 20 to about 40 students.”

The learning centre was among 92 services state-wide to receive a grant, which were allocated for facility upgrades or the development of integrated children’s services hubs.

Construction will begin this week and it is hoped the new centre will “double the intake of students, (as well as) serve the local community”.