Children in Ballarat’s rapidly growing south west have a new place to learn with the opening of the new Bonshaw Early Learning Centre.
The $1.7 million centre has two kindergarten rooms which can cater for up to 66 children, alongside a maternal and child health centre and community rooms.
Among the most eager users are the pupils from Sebastopol West Kindergarten who relocated to the new centre at the start of term three and became known as Bonshaw Kindergarten.
The actual building was constructed off site in nine separate modules, which were delivered to the site and pieced together.
The State Government contributed $1.6 million to the facility and the City of Ballarat, $100,000.
Ballarat mayor Samantha McIntosh said the new facility came in response to the rapid growth of the area, which includes new estates in Bonshaw and Winter Valley.
Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said research showed the best investment governments and communities could make was in early childhood.