30 years of child care

15 January 2019|Community News| Off Comments off on 30 years of child care|

LAST year was a special one for Benjafield and Berriedale Child Care Connections, with both centres celebrating 30 years of operation.

Benjafield turned 30 in August, with Berridale celebrating the birthday in December.

Glenorchy City Council acting manager community Kate Whitbread has worked at the Council for 25 years and said she had seen many changes during that time.

“The three biggest changes have been the introduction of National Quality Standard, which includes a national curriculum for all children in early education,” she said.

“The second is care services called the Early Years Learning Framework, which is a requirement for all educators to obtain a Certificate III or Diploma in Early Education and Care to be able to work in early education.

“And finally, care services and the requirement for one educator to have a degree in education or an approved equivalent.

“There has been much improved educator to child ratios and the introduction of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate – now the Child Care Subsidy – which provides families with financial support for the cost of early education and care fees.”

Ms Whitbread said child care could be a great element to children’s lives as it supported them to develop trust and confidence.

“It allows them to assert their capabilities and independence while demonstrating an increasing awareness of the needs and rights of others,” she said.

“It allows them to increasingly cooperate and work collaboratively with others.

“Child care also gives children an increased capacity to understand, self-regulate and manage their emotions in ways that reflect the feelings and needs of others.

“We make the environment a safe and enjoyable place for children to visit with natural environments to explore and discover, music, play-based experiences, stories, outdoor challenges and creative and sensory experiences.

“There is never a dull moment for the children.

“We currently care for about 10 families whose parents originally attended the centres as children.”

Benjafield and Berriedale centres have had between 7000 and 8000 children pass through the doors during its 30 years.

Both centres are now taking bookings for 2019.

Bookings can be made on 6216 6611 for Benjafield and 6216 6688 for Berriedale.

The centres run from Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6pm.

Caption: From left, Charlotte Hall, aged two, Glenorchy City Council alderman Simon Fraser, Ivy, aged two, Henry Millington, aged four, and Joel Hanley, aged three.

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