Fun day for anniversary
AFTER two decades of caring, Australind’s Riverlinks Child Care and Community Centre will celebrate its 20-year anniversary with a full day of activities later this month.
On November 18, the centre will host a Family Fun Day on the Leschenault Leisure Centre oval with all past and present families invited to attend.
The day runs from 10am to 1pm and will include facepainting, a bouncy castle, the Lions Club train, displays from the Australind State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance and a volunteer bushfire brigade, a sausage sizzle as well as performances from a magician, Top Jazz Ballet and Bunbury Singing Studio.
Centre steering committee member and longest serving staff member Plaxy Piercey said a committee was formed to build the centre in 1995.
“We had outgrown the commun- ity centre next to the library which was where the original child health clinic was as well,” she said.
With the Harvey Shire Council, the then WA Department of Communities and Development and the Federal Government, the centre was built to accommodate a long daycare, outside school hours care, playgroups, child health clinic and additional space for community groups.
On November 23, 1997, the centre was officially opened.
Centre coordinator Sonya Stone said the centre and the childcare industry had seen a lot of changes over the years.
“It’s been moving towards a more curriculum base called the Early Years Learning Framework and that has really brought us around back to nature play with a lot of our children,” she said.
“Our playgrounds have all been updated recently to reflect that.”
Riverlinks Child Care and Community Centre coordinator Sonya Stone with James Rose, 1, Caleb Sudbury, 2, and Bridgette Rose, 3, look forward to the 20th anniversary of the centre on November 23.