Biala Peninsula evolved as an offshoot from Biala Box Hill in June 1980. In November 1981, a Committee of Management was formed and the group received its first grant from the Commonwealth Schools’ Commission, which was used to supplement ongoing operational costs. Biala Peninsula became an incorporated body in 1986.
After a series of venue changes within Mornington, concerted efforts were made to establish a permanent home for Biala Peninsula. By 1990, the building project had advanced to the planning stage. The Shire of Mornington provided the site at Barrett Park, Elizabeth Street on a twenty-year lease (which was renewed in 2008) and building began in 1991.
Programs began operating from the new building in June 1992.
When the Elizabeth Street building opened in 1992 Biala Peninsula provided services for 45 children with 6 staff members.
Biala Peninsula supported by a staff team of 30, currently has 132 early childhood intervention service (ECIS) funded places are available to children and their families.
Biala Peninsula has extended its services to be a registered provider of HCWA, Better Start & Medicare Programs. These Federally funded programs can be accessed by children who met the criteria and have additional individual funding provided.
Biala Peninsula now operates 6 days per week opening Saturdays all day.
Philanthropic funding , specific program funding and self-funding has allowed the expansion of services to include 3 year old kindergarten, Premmies program, Family Counselling, Holiday program, Sibsclub, Kicking Goals Football sessions and Music Therapy Program.
Biala Peninsula is a “Not for Profit’ organisation and is overseen by a Board that meets on a regular basis. We are always keen to expand the range of expertise on the Board and encourage anyone interested in giving some time to the Board.
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Biala employ a multi-disciplinary team of professionals that consists of Psychologist, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Early Childhood Intervention Teachers, Physiotherapist, Music Therapist, Family Counsellor and Program Assistants.