Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan and mayor Margaret O’Rourke arrive with students to inspect the new Strathfieldsaye hub.

The new Strathfieldsaye Early Years Hub was opened on Friday.

The new facility delivers essential early years infrastructure and services to the Strathfieldsaye community, including learning spaces for three and four year old preschool programs, a new play space, a maternal and child health service, playgroup and a community meeting space.

Through Shine Bright the hub also provides 66 licenced preschool places for four-year-olds, which allows for a total of 132 children to attend preschool each week.

It also provides 22 places for a three-year-old preschool program.

Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke said development of the hub had been a long term project and the opening is an exciting day for the Strathfieldsaye community.

“It is great for Strathfieldsaye to have a one-stop-shop where local families with young children can access quality learning, play and care services in a modern purpose built facility,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Strathfieldsaye is one of the fastest growing areas of our municipality and this is forecast to continue over the next two decades, so the facility is a necessity.

“The council wants to ensure that all children have access to the best possible start in life and that they can visit facilities that encourage healthy growth, wellbeing and development.

We know that if kids have a great start to their education it will provide them with positive benefits for the rest of their lives.”

Cr O’Rourke said the project responds directly to the council’s community plan, by providing important early years education, health care and community service infrastructure for residents.

“The new hub more than doubles the capacity of the existing facility to meet current and future demand for preschool,” she said.

“It also doubles the capacity to deliver maternal and child health services, with the inclusion of two consultation rooms.”