Cen­tre cel­e­brates mag­i­cal mile­stone

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

THE Pad­bury Ed­u­ca­tion and Child Care Cen­tre cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary last month.

Man­ager Chris­tine Don­nelly said the com­mu­nity child care cen­tre, used by about 300 fam­i­lies, held its an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Novem­ber 17.

“The cen­tre was opened in 1987 and is a not-for-profit, com­mu­nity-gov­erned ser­vice,” she said.

“The ser­vice caters for chil­dren from six weeks of age and of­fers pre-kindy pro­gram and out­side school hours ser­vice to the sur­round­ing schools.

“The cen­tre’s vi­sion is ‘cel­e­brat­ing the magic of child­hood’ and boasts brand new na­ture play­grounds and or­ganic veg­etable gar­dens, a warm nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and a com­mit­ment to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and care.”

About 250 peo­ple at­tended the party, where en­ter­tain­ment in­cluded a ma­gi­cian, face paint­ing, bal­loon twist­ing and an an­i­mal farm, as well as a di­nosaur ex­ca­va­tion dig, messy play and plas­ter paint­ing.

“We also held a mini com­mu­nity expo where fam­i­lies were in­vited to ad­ver­tise their lo­cal busi­nesses and en­cour­age our com­mu­nity to ‘buy lo­cal’,” Mrs Don­nelly said.

Chair­woman Re­becca Kue­nen said the ser­vice had re­cently achieved an ex­ceed­ing rat­ing from the Aus­tralian Chil­dren’s Ed­u­ca­tion and Care Qual­ity Author­ity.

Left: Lau­ren Lord with Ivy and Austin. Top right: Cen­tre chair­woman Re­becca Kue­nen. Above right: Si­mon and Karen Kroeger with their chil­dren Sarah, Emily and Pa­trick.

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