Friday, July 26, 2024

Million-dollar childcare centre upgrade for Clarence

More Clarence children will have access to after school care following recent upgrades and extensions to a childcare facility in Bellerive.

The centre on Alma Street has been rebuilt – more than doubling its capacity from 20 children to 45 children to help support local working families. The centre will also serve all registered Family Day Care groups for morning activities and host several School Holiday programs.

The new centre includes two large ‘wings’ each designed for specific age groups and compliment the seasons and time of day.

Clarence City Council Mayor, Brendan Blomeley said the Alma Street upgrade was just the beginning of council’s work to address the childcare shortage in the region.

“This is part of our commitment to local working families who we know are struggling to access after school care in Clarence,” Mayor Blomeley said.

“We are also in the process of reviewing other services and exploring opportunities to expand existing services to serve our growing community.

“This centre has been incredibly designed in a way that engages and inspires the minds of children and importantly brings it in line with contemporary education requirements and regulations.

“This work is part of our core strategic initiatives which look at ways in which Council can help and support Clarence families and consider the real needs of our community both now and into the future.

“Already this centre has received an overwhelming number of enquires from families, which speaks to level of demand and we hope to be able to continue developing services such as these in the coming years,” he said.

Morning users of the centre will enjoy the early sunshine and views toward Kangaroo Bay and kunanyi/Mt. Wellington. Their main space opens via large sliding doors to a private play deck incorporating an accessible sand pit. This area is designed around a deciduous tree which, in time, will provide shade during summer and act as a signifier of seasonal change for children to observe, Council said in a statement.

Spaces for older children are larger and more robust in design, with direct connection to covered and fully external play areas crafted for a variety of active and passive play including water play, sports and other activities. All spaces are purposefully designed to be nurturing, to foster interaction, conversations and learning, to stimulate curiosity and the senses, and create a positive environment for children to interact.

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