Gosford City Council celebrated Australian Child Care Week June 17 to 21. With this year’s theme titled “Connecting with Parents and Community”, Gosford Council’s team leader and Child & Family Services Coordinator Kylie Payne said that all young children should have a rich and stimulating early learning experience to help them prepare for life.
“Parents depend on high-quality early learning and care to give their young children a better start in life and it is early learning services that can bring these lasting benefits to the children of our local community,” Payne said.
The council’s Child & Family Services Coordinator said that the child care centres in Gosford, which cater to children aged up to 5 years, all operate under strict industry standards and employ highly trained and qualified workforce to deliver stimulating and nurturing early learning experiences to young children.
Payne explained that Australian Child Care celebrations are vital in helping centres reach out to the community as well as to give recognition to the commitment of the educators to offer guidance to the growth of children enrolled at council centres.
The activities for the Australian Child Care Week included a thank-you morning tea for Terrigal Men’s Shed and pyjama drive for International Community Advocates (ICA) for Terrigal Children’s Centre; a collection of toiletries and tinned goods for Mary Macs at Woy Woy at the Umina Child Care Centre; a canned food drive for Coast Shelter and homelessness awareness for James Mitchell Care and Learning Centre; collection of non-perishable food items for Coast Shelter, a teddy bear picnic, dragon boat festival activities and community worker dress-up day for Niagara Park Children’s Centre; parent engagement through playing instruments, reading, gardening and painting at Kariong Child Care Centre; and finally a canned food drive for Coast Shelter at Papalya Children’s Centre.
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