Ready for best days of their life

Art lessons: Jaidyn, 5, brushes up his skills at the Dimboola centre with help from Belinda Ferraro. Picture: Michael CoppTWENTY-EIGHT kindergarten pupils are settling in well in new surrounds – for them and their teachers – at a learning centre in Broadmeadows.

The Dimboola Early Learning Centre, which was officially opened last week, is referred to as a ‘multi-functional’ early learning venue – a first for the area.

Centre manager Belinda Ferraro said the kindergarten service was already full.

She said the children were making new friends quickly.

“They’re all very excited. They’ve really settled in well. Because it’s a brand new centre with new facilities it’s very inviting.

“The building is spacious and really gorgeous.”

The centre combines services including preschool, long-day and outside-school-hours care, special development programs, maternal and child health, and other community activities.

Marie Howard, of Mission Australia Early Learning Services, which manage the centre, said Dimboola would allow more parents to return to work or study while their children were at the centre.

“For the Broadmeadows community … Dimboola is designed to provide high-quality education and care to children from birth to 12 years of age, ensuring they make a smooth transition to school and that they’re ready to thrive.”

Ms Howard said the centre provided 128 long-day places, and positions were filling amid strong community interest.

Dimboola has been co-funded by the federal and Victorian governments, two Broadmeadows schools and other community partners.