Fun day for an­niver­sary

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

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.”

Picture: David Charlesworth

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.

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