Childcare, preschool, before school care, after school care and vacation care will soon be conveniently located under the same roof, thanks to $1.3 million investment by the NSW Government under the Resources for Regions fund.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, The Hon. John Barilaro MP visited Parkes to make the funding announcement, which is set to transform an unutilised community health building located within the old Parkes Hospital precinct, into the new Central West Day Care base.
Mr Barilaro said the Central West Children’s Service is one of 11 projects funded by the sixth round of the Resources for Regions program.
“I congratulate Parkes Shire Council on this funding win and thank them for their financial contribution to the project, which will help this great mining community continue to thrive and support the NSW economy,” Mr Barilaro said.
Parkes Shire Councillor Patricia Smith said, "with major developments happening in Parkes currently, namely the construction of Inland Rail, the first Special Activation Precinct, the expansion of CMOC Northarkes Mine and the Clean Teq Sunrise project, we recognised that we must invest in the delivery of a quality educational facility to ensure we can meet the needs of those new families and businesses relocating to the region over the next decade."
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.
Central West Family Day Care Service Manager Ann-Marie Winter was delighted by the announcement.
"With 51 of educators and over 400 children enrolled in Central West Family Day Care, we have outgrown our 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."
"With the additional space that the new facility will offer, we will also look at 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.