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YOUNG FAMILIES – Seeking early learning/kindergarten education

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The Bonshaw Early Learning Centre opened it’s doors officially in August 2018 to support the rapidly growing community. Now located at the new building, 234 Morgan Street they will soon be having their 1st year Anniversary.

It has been a great addition for the Bonshaw area offering two Maternal Health Nurse rooms ran by Ballarat Council to support young families along with 3 & 4 year old kindergarten education managed by ECKA

Today we would like to introduce you to Nicole & Kylie, together they bring over 30 years of experience in education and are a wealth of knowledge for the centre. They both run the day to day of the kindergarten rooms which has almost 50 students currently within the 3 & 4 year old kinder groups but there is still room for more children. They also highlighted the points below:

– You can apply to enrol your child for either 3 or 4 year old Kindergarten as soon as January 1st in the year your child turns 2!

– With the rapid community growth in the area it is important to think ahead for your child’s early learning

– The new building is opposite MR Power Park which is about 18ha of parkland reserve

Should you have any questions or would like to walk through the new kindergarten facility contact Nicole or Kylie at or 5340 0091.




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The parkland at Power Park is walking distance to Ploughmans Arms Estate and is about 18ha in size & already includes a dog park. You might have noticed Ballarat Council have recently added signage, new fencing, park seats and pathways to this parkland, this infrastructure has begun because the population is in rapid growth in the area & it is very important for parklands such has Power Park to support the ever growing community.

As the population continues to grow in the area and dwelling thresholds are hit or earlier at discretion of responsible authority, there are many more future plans for Power Park including Wetlands, Indoor Recreation Centre, Pavilion, Ovals, Athletic Track, Netball Court & Regional Play Space. This information is available for reference within the City if Ballarat’s Ballarat West – Development Contributions Plan (DCP) and Ballarat West Precinct Structure Plan (PSP) – see links…/2019…/ballarat_west_dcp.pdf…/Ballarat%20West%20PSP%20pa…
Just to throw a few numbers out there, as it is well worth knowing – the recreational reserve has an estimated cost of over $12,000,000, the Indoor Recreational Centre (4 courts) over $8,800,000 and the Pavilion over $1,390,000.

All this future infrastructure will be walking distance to Ploughmans Arms Estate and opposite Pinarc Disability Support 53291300, the proposed future Primary School and the existing Bonshaw Early Learning Centre managed by Ballarat City Council & ECKA


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Enjoy some great FREE fun on Sunday 19 August from 11am until 2pm!

A premium marquee here for this community event so you can relax inside with a hot drink & something sweet from The Enchanted Caravan or grab a Lions Club BBQ Sausage. All affordable options for food and drinks. Plus roast Ballarat’s own So Soft Marshmallows around the cosy fire pit for free. Come and meet the beautiful Clydesdale horses on Clydesdale Drive and enjoy the Sovereign Hill Horse & Carriage rides! Lil’ Monsters Face Painting ready to create a magical experience for both you and your children. Unique animal petting experience with a wide range of friendly, healthy & cute FunFarm2U animals. Groove along to Mariah & Tom the live Acoustic Duo who are part of the band, M & the Best Men. Snow Play Zone! Real snow is going to be made into a featured real snow pit! A wonderous place where the young or young at heart can play amongst the snow, build snow castles or make snow angels.

Bring your family and friends for a day out & make some lasting memories, just remember to rug up with your winter woollies!

Find out more by downloading this WINTER FUN DAY DOWNLOAD


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Leo & Jody went along to the official opening of the Bonshaw Early Learning Centre today, this new facility provides the existing kindergarten community with a brand new, integrated early years facility with room to expand as the Bonshaw community grows. Bringing two kindergarten rooms, two maternal child and health consulting rooms and a spaces for parent groups, playgroups and other community activities. 66 kinder places – 46 four year old places and 13 three year old spots. This all had a huge $1.6 million contribution from the Victorian Government Children’s Facilities Capital Program delivered by City of Ballarat with $100,000.

Photos sourced from The Courier and Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos