A “ONE-stop-shop” for early years services has been proposed to Baw Baw Shire councillors.
First published in the 14 November 2014 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Click here to get a copy.
In a presentation to the council on Wednesday, members of Baw Baw’s Early Years Advisory Committee identified emerging issues in planning and relationships in the region, suggesting “integrated hubs” could help improve services.
“The idea of schools as community hubs has become an emerging trend across the world,” one committee member said.
“There have been some real benefits, including families being able to access services in a very non-threatening environment.
“Putting a kindergarten in a school is just one strategy.”
A school-based community hub would also integrate other services that support children and families.
“There are many things of great benefit,” another committee member told councillors.
“The one-stop-shop idea is cost saving and can be efficient.”
“But one of the things it does raise is that… just building a building does not make a successful community.”
“The really important thing is the planning, relationship building and consultation.
“The planning is as important as the architect building the building.”
The committee members also suggested sun smart principles should be built into all playgrounds, noting not all playgrounds included shaded areas.
Also noted was wheelchair accessibility. Committee members applauded the wheelchair swing at Burke Street Park, but said the public toilets at that park could not fit a wheelchair.
They also said playgrounds near roads and water required fencing.
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