Childcare comes of age
AFTER more than 35 years in operation, the Balga Early Learning Centre is going strong and expanding its services.
The centre is owned and operated by the Salvation Army, which is celebrating 150 years, and will introduce an after-school service in Term 3.
Director Jo Ineson said the program had been in the pipeline for a while.
“We have been working on it for a little while, but it all depended on funding and staffing,” she said.
“It will be tied in with the church and will have a Christian focus.”
Ms Ineson, who has been with the centre for 12 years and director for five, said she had seen many changes in the industry.
“Childcare has become a better profession, it has become more meaningful, it is more than day-care,” she said.
“We have about 80 families connected to the centre and the focus is not just on the children but their families as well; we push hard for our staff to be on a first name basis with them and help with fees when they have too many bills.”
She said she had witnessed children’s behaviour transform during their time spent at the centre. “It is the little things; you see them come in and after a few weeks, they are calmer and play independently,” she said.
Salvation Army Balga network director Philip