Parabur­doo child­care cen­tre tak­ing en­rol­ments

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The new Parabur­doo child­care cen­tre is set to open its doors next month.

The $4.6 mil­lion build­ing is larger and more mod­ern than the cur­rent cen­tre and of­fers 73 places, up from 25, for out-of­school-hours care.

Con­struc­tion be­gan in Novem­ber 2015 and was sup­ported by the Shire of Ash­bur­ton, Rio Tinto and the State Govern­ment’s Roy­al­ties for Re­gions Pil­bara Cities Ini­tia­tive. Shire pres­i­dent Kerry White said it was an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for fam­i­lies in the Parabur­doo com­mu­nity.

“The com­ple­tion of the build­ing and the ap­point­ment of a ser­vice provider are im­por­tant mile­stones for Parabur­doo,” she said.

“With in­creased ca­pac­ity and more mod­ern re­sources, the cen­tre helps to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the com­mu­nity.”

The cen­tre will open with a com­mu­nity day on Oc­to­ber 8.

One Tree Com­mu­nity Ser­vices has been granted the child­care provider lease for the cen­tre, af­ter years of op­er­a­tion in Parabur­doo, Onslow and Pan­na­won­ica.

One Tree Com­mu­nity Ser­vices chil­dren’s ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Co­ral Cal­lan said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was glad to con­tinue its long-term in­volve­ment in Parabur­doo.

“We are cur­rently go­ing through the ap­proval process with the State reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity – a com­pre­hen­sive process that can take up to three months,” she said.

“In the mean­time, we are tak­ing en­rol­ments and seek­ing ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est for an out-of-school care pro­gram.”

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