Some eight months after it was severely damaged from an arson attack, Davoren Park families are now able to reclaim their child care centre where services have resumed.
Early Childhood and Child Care Minister Kate Ellis today joined the Member for Wakefield Nick Champion with children, families and staff for the official reopening of the North Area Community and Youth Services Childcare Centre after fire damage forced its shutdown last September.
Ms Ellis praised the efforts of staff, families and the community who volunteered their support and raised funds.
“I recall from my visit last year that everyone was devastated at the loss of the centre, but it was obvious to me then that the staff and families were determined to see the centre rebuilt and to keep delivering for the kids during the rebuild,” she said.
Mr Champion said: “The fantastic rebuilding of this centre—and the fact it kept operating in temporary premises provided by Swallowcliff Primary School and Davoren Park Shops—shows this whole community values high quality early childhood education and care.”
Ms Ellis said the Australian Government knew the value of giving kids a great start in life with a record investment of $25 billion over the next four years to make early childhood education and care a priority.
“Quality early learning experiences provide the basis from which literacy, numeracy, learning, behaviour and future opportunities can be developed,” she said.
“Our Government is investing $73 million to implement the National Quality Framework which is lifting the standard of early childhood education and care across the country.
“We’ve also increased the Child Care Rebate from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs and increased the cap from $4354 per child per year to $7500 per child per year.
“As a result of our policies, the number of children in approved child care has grown to more than 1 million for the September Quarter 2012—an increase of more than 20 per cent since 2007.
“These children are now receiving better quality child care a year on from the introduction of our National Quality Framework.
“These investments are designed to help great organisations like the North Area Community and Youth Services Childcare Centre to continue to deliver the quality child care and education their communities need.
“This great new childcare centre symbolises the strength and the heart of this community, and I congratulate everyone involved in getting this centre back on its feet.