Busy childcare centre scores in community grants
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.