The opening of the new Southern Yorke Peninsula Childcare Centre, the “Minlaton Family Centre”, has been delayed due to circumstances beyond the control of Council and operator Yorke Peninsula Learning and Care.
It was originally hoped the purpose-built facility would be completed ahead of the scheduled completion date in time for week 1 of term 1, 2024.
However, latent site conditions have interrupted scheduled civil works which has unfortunately resulted in unforeseen construction delays.
Council, along with the Centre’s Operator, are doing everything possible to have the facility open for the first week of March.
“Council understands the impact this delay may have on enrolled families and the community, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused,” CEO Andrew Cameron said.
“We appreciate the understanding and patience of enrolled families and the community during this time.
“Council’s commitment to deliver exceptional childcare services remains unwavering, and we are dedicated to keeping all parties informed about the progress.”
It is estimated that about 180 children will be enrolled at Minlaton by the end of end of 2024 with the Centre currently employing 29 staff (11 FTE).
“Council is proud of the economic benefits this project has created including employing local contractors and sourcing materials locally during construction through to employing and training childcare professionals,” Mr Cameron said.
“By offering childcare services, local parents can participate more fully in the workforce and therefore increase economic and social wellbeing.
“The purpose-built centre has been designed to accommodate diverse needs, fostering inclusivity by providing resources for children with various abilities and backgrounds.”
Further updates will be provided as soon as possible. Council appreciates understanding and support as the childcare centre nears this major milestone.
The Centre is the outcome of co-efforts between Council and the community across several years.
The project includes demolition of the old tennis courts and clubrooms, the construction of the new 730 square-metre Centre, carpark, external service yard, landscaping, septic soakage area and stormwater management.
The Centre will have the capacity for 80 long-day care places for children aged zero to five.
Construction began on Monday, 9 January 2023.
Following a period of public consultation, Elected Members endorsed a lease agreement between Council and Jawbem Group (now Adelaide Family Learning and Care Services) for the Centre.