Tatura Children’s Centre has come a long way since opening as a 30-place Community Childcare centre in 1997, celebrating its 21st birthday this month.
The centre was opened to the community on Friday, October 19, withmore than 200 people coming through for a look, and previous employees, families, and committee members enjoying an open walk around the indoor and outdoor areas.
Tatura Children’s Centre director Sheree Carver said she was overwhelmed with the community support for the centre that had evolved into a 103-place facility with 30 employees.
‘‘Everything we do we do for the children and families of Tatura, so to see many people take the time to come along and enjoy the festivities as a community was amazing,’’ Ms Carver said.
The centre had face painters, a jumping castle, and the Tatura Lions Club cooking more than 400 sausages for the event.
‘‘It was wonderful to be able to involve the Lions Club. They really do an amazing job on the night and we thank them for their help,’’ Ms Carver said.
The centre’s first director Wendy Conidi officiated at the evening along with the centre’s current president Josh Hudson.
‘‘It was great to see the Tatura community coming out in force and supporting Tatura Children’s Centre,’’ Mr Hudson said.
Ms Carver said with six employees receiving recognition for more than 15 years of service, the centre enjoyed putting on a night for the community to recognise and highlight the dedication and commitment of the centre.
Proud: Tatura Children’s Centre’s first director Wendy Conidi and independent candidate for Northern Victoria Josh Hudson cut the birthday cake.
Appreciated: Tatura Lions Club members volunteered their time to cook more than 400 sausages for the event.
Sweet sisters: Charlotte and Lily Tuhan enjoy getting their faces painted.
Fun for all: More than 200 people enjoyed the festivities.