In September 2021, Georges River Council’s brand new daycare, the Oatley West Early Learning Center, is celebrating its first anniversary.
From a start of 57 children to a thriving center filled with 111 happy faces and 250 more future registrations pending, the center is now one of the most popular early learning centers in the region.
The Center accepts registrations from local residents and workers, looking after children from birth to school age.
The Centre’s resources have all been individually selected for their ability to be versatile, sustainable and, where possible, locally sourced.
The affordable preschool learning center is decorated with a public artwork at the entrance, by artist Karri McPherson, demonstrating the centre’s fresh, modern and creative approach to early learning.
The Center opened during the COVID-19 pandemic in September 2020.
With a strong service model and financial framework, the Center generously waived the first month of registration fees as part of the Council’s COVID-19 social and economic recovery plan, so families could get child care. free and essential children in these difficult times.
Center coordinator Germaine Braun said: âThe dedicated team of educators provide targeted activities for children on topics such as sustainability, inclusion, connection and well-being.
âThey promote learning through play and use a variety of approaches to help children achieve their learning outcomes.
âThe Center has formed an innovative partnership with Library Services Council to establish a pilot program known as LibraryGo, where families receive a fortnightly library delivery for home reading hours. The feedback has been unanimously positive.
There are six early childhood learning centers owned and operated by the Council, which care for approximately 440 children and families.
A new Child Protection Action Plan was also implemented this month, guiding the Council to be an inclusive organization for children’s voices and to ensure the safety and protection of our youngest citizens. .
Georges River Mayor Kevin Greene praised the Oatley West Early Learning Center’s remarkable year of achievement, especially during the unprecedented global pandemic.
He said: âAs a government agency committed to helping families and local workers balance work and family responsibilities, the Council has for many years promoted a family-friendly community environment.
âThe provision of six preschool learning centers is a practical demonstration of this commitment.
“Our educators deserve praise for their hard work in establishing a positive and nurturing environment for all children.”