Goodstart Hobart West officially open

EARLY learning is off to a “Goodstart” in Hobart’s inner city, following the official opening of a new state-of-the-art early learning centre.

Goodstart Hobart West, which opened to the public in May, has been transformed from an 1898 heritage-listed building into a world-class, contemporary facility.

It features modern indoor and outdoor play spaces for children that will allow for motor play all year round.

Goodstart Early Learning chief executive officer Julia Davison said the centre would cater to a growing demand for early learning and care places within the Hobart CBD, giving families greater access to quality early learning and care services.

“Goodstart is committed to ensuring all Australia’s children have access to high-quality early learning because we know it will give them the best possible start to school and life beyond,” she said.

Manager for Tasmania Chris Symons said the centre was the first Goodstart purpose-built centre in Tasmania.

Mr Symons said it would serve as the state’s hub for staff, featuring a dedicated training room to provide additional learning opportunities for educators across the region.

“The training room will also provide space for the centre to use in partnership with other community providers,” he said.

“Staff in our centres know that building strong relationships with families and local community provides the greatest opportunity to deliver the best outcomes for children and families.”

The new Goodstart Hobart West is located at 40 Molle Street, just 500-metres from the Hobart CBD.

The centre’s location, which includes onsite parking, caters to city workers travelling form the southern and western suburbs and is open Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 6.30pm.

Caption: Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff, who officially opened the facility, enjoys a spot of reading with youngsters. Photo credit: Colin Anson-Smith, Schoolsnaps.

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