Parents in Maddington now have access to a range of local parenting services as part of a partnership between the State Government and the community services sector.
A new Child and Parent Centre at East Maddington Primary School was opened by Community Services Minister Tony Simpson on 1 December.
The centre is part of a wider initiative that will see 21 Child and Parent Centres open by 2016 at a total cost of $52.5 million. The centres aim to ensure more children start formal schooling ready to learn.
The Department of Local Government and Communities is working with the departments of Education; Health; and the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, together with non-government organisations, to deliver services at the centres.
They will be established at local primary schools and will deliver services and programs for parents with children up to eight years old, including parent workshops and child and mental health services.
Facilities at the centres will include a fully-equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room, kitchen facilities and an outdoor play area.
The Child and Parent Centre in East Maddington is run by Centrecare in partnership with East Maddington Primary School.