Busy child­care cen­tre scores in com­mu­nity grants

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

KIDS’ Early Learn­ing child­care cen­tre in Mt Druitt is about to be up­graded.

The cen­tre now has $40,000 to put to­wards fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments off the back of re­ceiv­ing a Chi­fley Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Grant worth $20,000 – a fig­ure matched by Black­town Coun­cil.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic said it was “ter­rific” to an­nounce the grant was ap­proved for one of the area’s busiest cen­tres which sees about 50 chil­dren a day.

“It’s a big pri­or­ity for me to sup­port par­ents want­ing to see their chil­dren get the best pos­si­ble start to life,” Mr Hu­sic said.

“I loved vis­it­ing the cen­tre last week with coun­cil­lor (Carol) Is­rael and it was so good to see the care be­ing given to so many young kids from our area.”

The fund­ing will help to en­hance the nappy change area, store room and also spruce up the play room.

Black­town Coun­cil Kids’ Early Learn­ing man­ager, Ma­rina Papic, said the cen­tre was grate­ful for Mr Hu­sic’s sup­port.

“We are pleased we were able to get fund­ing to be able to im­prove our nappy chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” Ms Papic said.

“It may seem like a mun­dane thing ... but it’s re­ally im­por­tant for us, the chil­dren we look af­ter and the par­ents.”

The nappy change area’s al­ter­ation will in­crease safety, as educators will be able to keep their eye on other chil­dren si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

On the cor­ner of Bel­more Ave and North Pde, the cen­tre takes ba­bies from six weeks up to preschool age.

Mr Hu­sic in­vited the com­mu­nity to ap­ply for fund­ing through the Chi­fley Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram.

An in­de­pen­dent panel is as­signed to look at and judge ap­pli­ca­tions.

Black­town coun­cil­lor Carol Is­rael, ed­u­ca­tor Rekha Narayan, Chi­fley MP Ed Hu­sic and Kids' Early Learn­ing cen­tre di­rec­tor Amutha An­drew with preschool­ers.

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