Chil­dren’s ser­vice takes on Ta­wonga Kinder­garten

Alpine Observer - - Bright Hot Rods -

ALPINE Chil­dren’s Ser­vices will man­age Ta­wonga Kin­der­gar­den’s three and four- year- old pro­grams from next year.

The pro­grams are cur­rently run by Com­mu­nity Early Years Child­care, an or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Wodonga.

ACS gen­eral man­ager Jenny Grif­fiths said lo­cal fam­i­lies were look­ing for man­age­ment with closer com­mu­nity links, and wanted the Ta­wonga Kinder­garten to be en­gaged with the other Alpine Shire chil­dren’s ser­vices.

“A lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion, run by a lo­cal ser­vice, is more in tune with what is hap­pen­ing in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We are cur­rently in the process of re­cruit­ing new early child­hood staff for the pro­gram, and we are keen to main­tain con­ti­nu­ity for the chil­dren mov­ing from three to four-year-old kinder, as well as be­ing able to adapt the pro­gram to meet the needs of the chil­dren.”

Alpine Chil­dren’s Ser­vices will also ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of in­te­grat­ing a bush kinder­garten or sim­i­lar na­ture­based com­po­nent into the pre-school pro­gram across the shire, sim­i­lar to the one al­ready of­fered in Bright.

Ta­wonga Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Kim Franzke said the school was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing new fam­i­lies to the kinder­garten, no mat­ter where they might en­rol their chil­dren later on for pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion.

“Our kinder­garten was started in re­sponse to the wishes of par­ents to have a choice of pre-school ser­vices,” she said.

“It is open to all fam­i­lies in the Up­per Kiewa Val­ley, not just Ta­wonga res­i­dents.”

Fam­i­lies wish­ing to visit Ta­wonga Kinder­garten should call Kim Franzke on 5754 4468.

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