New child­care cen­tre to open

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla’s par­ents will have even more early learn­ing op­tions with the news that a new child­care cen­tre is due to open next year.

ACC Early Learn­ers aims to pro­vide much-needed preschool and long day care places for chil­dren in Be­nalla and its sur­round­ing town­ships.

The cen­tre will by run by qual­i­fied early child­hood pro­fes­sion­als and op­er­ate on the cam­pus of Aus­tralian Chris­tian Col­lege at 21 Syd­ney Rd.

Cen­tre di­rec­tor Norm Fitzger­ald said ACC Early Learn­ers was com­mit­ted to help­ing par­ents who were jug­gling work and study com­mit­ments, vol­un­teer­ing, car­ing for aged or dis­abled rel­a­tives or who were in hard­ship sit­u­a­tions, with out­stand­ing care, fun and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for their young chil­dren.

‘‘ACC Early Learn­ers is re­spond­ing to the com­mu­nity’s needs by of­fer­ing long day care for three and four year olds, be­fore and af­ter-school care and hol­i­day pro­grams,’’ Mr Fitzger­ald said.

‘‘There is de­mand for long day care ser­vices in Be­nalla, par­tic­u­larly from dou­ble-in­come fam­i­lies where both par­ents are work­ing or study­ing.

‘‘This trend will con­tinue with new jobs be­ing cre­ated as a re­sult of in­dus­try growth in the re­gion.

‘‘ACC Early Learn­ers gives par­ents ac­cess to af­ford­able, qual­ity long day care right here in Be­nalla.

‘‘We be­lieve all chil­dren should have the best pos­si­ble start to their learn­ing jour­ney. This in­cludes school readi­ness pro­grams as well as lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy, mu­sic, art and sport.

‘‘The cen­tre will em­bed the fed­er­ally- adopted Early Years Learn­ing Frame­work into all its prac­tices and en­sure ev­ery child is well known, well loved and well taught.’’

The new child­care cen­tre is rapidly fill­ing its orig­i­nally in­tended 22 places, but has the ca­pac­ity to ex­pand to 44 places, should de­mand re­quire.

Par­ents and car­ers want­ing to place their child on the wait­ing list should visit ac­cear­lylearn­ers.org.au or phone 5762 4476.

Long day care op­tion: A new child­care cen­tre is due to open next year at the cam­pus of the Aus­tralian Chris­tian Col­lege on Syd­ney Rd.

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