Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will welcome children, their families, and staff into a new $4 million child care centre from Wednesday 22 January. The Early Learning and Nurture Centre (EL+NC) accommodates up to 56 children who will be cared for in five classrooms, each tailored to different age groups – from birth up to five years old. Centre Director Ms Megan Isaac said, "We are thrilled to have a truly magnificent purpose-built building which will allow us to provide the highest quality care and education." The opening coincides with the first early childhood education course to be offered at CSU in Wagga Wagga. Early Childhood Lecturer with CSU's School of Education Ms Sheena Elwick said the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) graduates will be accredited to teach from birth to 12 years old making them highly employable. "The new Early Learning and Nurture Centre at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga will be one of many centres students can apply to for their professional experience while studying their degree," she said. "Occasional visits may also be arranged as part of classes for students to see the practical and real-time application of the content they are learning."