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Day­care cen­tre joins Gor­don­vale re­vival

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THE flow of busi­nesses back to one of Cairns’ south­ern­most sub­urbs con­tin­ues with a new day­care cen­tre set to serve fam­i­lies in the re­gion.

Just Kids Early Ed­u­ca­tion House will wel­come its first charges to the Gor­don­vale cen­tre within weeks.

Owner Hay­ley Wil­liams, who also runs the Draper St fran­chise with hus­band Heath, said Gor­don­vale was cry­ing out for more day­care ser­vices.

“We have been want­ing to have an­other ser­vice and we have been look­ing high and low,” she said.

“Gor­don­vale is a thriv­ing com­mu­nity and we saw an op­por­tu­nity we could take up.

“It is all part of cel­e­brat­ing the growth of Gor­don­vale, we are re­ally ex­cited to be part of the Gor­don­vale story.”

The 75-place cen­tre on the cor­ner of Cairns Rd and Ge­orge St will take ba­bies, a first for the local business.

It will also cater for an in- creased num­ber of chil­dren, com­pared to the 64-place Drape St fa­cil­ity which Ms Wil­liams said was 95 per cent full.

The Wil­liams bought the Draper St day­care cen­tre in 2010.

“It’s about giv­ing par­ents choice,” Ms Wil­liams said.

“We be­lieve it’s a prod­uct they’re look­ing for.

“The big thing ev­ery­one has to keep in mind is that ed­u­ca­tion starts from birth, it doesn’t start when chil­dren go to school.

“About 80 per cent of a child’s brain is de­vel­oped by age three and by the time they go to school all that wiring is al­ready in place.”

Just Kids Early Ed­u­ca­tion House has re­ceived an “exceeding” rat­ing in all seven ar­eas of the Na­tional Qual­ity Stan­dards and Ms Wil­liams said ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams were based on neu­ro­science find­ings on the de­vel­op­ing brain. Chal­leng­ing play is en­cour­aged and staff are trained to view fail­ure as a way to learn.

The Wil­liams also own Edge Hill swim school C-Me Swim. There are still places at the Gor­don­vale cen­tre.

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