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Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara - Portland Child and Family Complex

The Portland Child and Family Complex

Portland Child and Family Complex

The Complex is a purpose-built integrated child and family services facility that provides improved accessibility, connectivity, networking and continuity of care, delivering enhanced outcomes for children, families, local service providers, staff and the wider community.

The facility provides integrated specialist support services and community development programs for children aged from 0 – 12 years, and their families.

Naming of the Building

The name of the building as the ‘Portland Child and Family Complex’ was established by the Project Steering Committee for funding and administration purposes.

Following consultations with the Traditional Owners of the Portland language area, the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages (VACL) and in consultation with the broader community, in September 2011 at a meeting of the Gunditj Mirring Full Group, the traditional Dhauwurd Wurrung name "Karreeta Peeneeyt Mara" - meaning Grow Strong People - was confirmed.

Our Hours

Portland Child and Family Complex

The Complex is open between 7.30 am and 6:00 pm.

Our Philosophy

  • Quality - We value the provision of high quality education, information and care for every child and their family at the service.
  • Relationships - We believe communication and interactions between children, families, educators and staff should be respectful, open and honest to encourage trusting, strong relationships.
  • Equity - We value children, family members, educators and staff as individuals and believe in the right for all to be treated as equals irrespective of their family circumstances and background.
  • Diversity - We believe that embracing diversity creates an atmosphere of inclusion.
  • Respect - We believe in an environment that respects individuals’ rights, views, beliefs and values.
  • Reflective Practices - We believe reflective staff and educator practices encourage sustained and improved services, which promotes better outcomes for children and their families.
  • Play - We believe in the value of play and providing children with opportunities to learn in stimulating and safe environments.
  • Partnerships - We value the ongoing development of partnerships between children, families, educators, staff and the community.
  • Wellbeing - Support all children’s physical and mental health.
  • Child Safety - We are committed to the safety of children, reducing and removing the risk of child abuse is at the centre of our decision making.

Our Services

  • Long Day Care
  • Kindergarten
  • Maternal and Child Health

For more information about the Portland Child and Family Complex, please contact Children’s Services on 5522 2211 or email: childrenservicesenquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au.

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