DUDLEY Park Primary School is now home to a $1.22million Child and Parent Centre.
The centre, which was officially opened today, is one of only 16 in the state and the only one in Mandurah.
The Dudley Park centre will be managed by Anglicare and will include a fully equipped child health clinic, consultants’ rooms and a versatile group room.
Minster for Education Peter Collier said the centre will help get children ready for pre-primary and kindergarten.
He said there was more of a need to focus on the entry into pre-school, rather than the exit from high school
“We have always focused on the exit form year 12, but more needs to be focused on the entrance,” he said.
“When they do get to secondary school they will be much better equipped.”
“It is not just about chalk and talk; we must provide the essential parental support and partial care.”
Mr Collier said there had already been a phenomenal response to the centre.
Dudley Park principal Aaron Thomas said the centre provided different health and outreach services in the community.
“Anybody in the community can come here,” he said.
“The education department nominated us as a community in need of a centre and we were very happy to have it here.”