New child health and education hub to open at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park

A health and education hub incorporating a new Early Learning Centre, extra-curricular facility Kip McGrath and offices for child wellbeing services will open next year at Queenstown’s Remarkables Park.
The $5 million two-storey commercial building is situated along the western boundary of the new Wakatipu High School site, accessed off Mountain Ash Drive.
The building will house the Remarkable Start Early Learning Centre for 70-plus children on the ground floor, and the relocated Kip McGrath centre as well as child therapy and psychology services on the first floor.
The new Early Learning Centre is an integral part of the building and will be operated by owner proprietors Debs McKerchar and Candice Stewart.
Rooms on the upper level will be fully set up as professional spaces for childcare specialists such as paediatric occupational therapy, educational psychology, speech and language therapy, behavioural psychology and specialised dyslexia teachers.
“Many parents with children needing specialist care or tutoring have to regularly travel to Invercargill, Dunedin or even Christchurch to access services they need,” says Wanaka-based paediatric occupational therapist Jenna Hale of Dynamic Developments. Ms Hale will manage the services.
“We have four rooms and a boardroom in the new building to make it easier than ever before for professionals to establish regular clinics here in Queenstown and help take the load off families who are struggling with children in need,” she says.
“Local families have been crying out for a facility like this, with a multi-disciplinary team under one roof, because there just isn’t anything like it at the moment.
“Children have been slipping through the gap because people just didn’t know where they could be referred to. Now we can take a streamlined, collaborative approach to providing assessment and ongoing treatment on one site, working in with schools and other relevant agencies.”
“It’s been designed to operate much more effectively alongside parents, schools and other agencies, and it makes sense for its physical location to be alongside the new Wakatipu High School, as our Queenstown premises is currently.”
Approximately two-thirds of the current Kip McGrath roll are primary school pupils from around the district and a third come from the high school.
The new building is scheduled to operate from early next year with registrations of interest being taken now for Remarkable Start. Enrolments for up to 250 Kip McGrath students have also opened.
The new Wakatipu High School is scheduled to open in February 2018.