Funding Contribution:$1.3 million by the NSW Government under the Resources for Regions fund.
The project is in progress with the successful supplier awarded tender for construction in June 2020.
This project is set to transform an unutilised community health building located within the old Parkes Hospital precinct, into the new Central West Day Care base.
At a cost of just over $2 million, the project will include an integrated early childhood education facility, services for school aged children, and family services for children from birth to twelve years. The centre will focus on inclusive programs and facilities.
With 51 of educators and over 400 children enrolled in Central West Family Day Care, the service has outgrown the current facility. The relocation, into a larger, fit-for-purpose facility, will allow the Family Day Care to expand to facilitate additional services including Preschool, before/after school care and vacation care.
The additional space will enable complementary services utilising the rooms for consultation purposes, such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dental checks, auditory services, inclusion support meetings, parenting classes, child assessments along with mother’s groups, breast feeding association meetings, conferences, play groups, and the delivery of Certificate III in Early Childhood courses.
Central West Family Day Care Scheme is an Approved Community Service of Parkes Shire Council, regulated by the NSW Education and Communities - Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate, and is funded by the Department of Education and Training.