Big year for childcare centres

20 August 2023|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Big year for childcare centres|

The two Council-operated childcare centres in Glenorchy have enjoyed a busy and successful first half of 2023, with last year’s council decision to invest in the centres paying off. This year, Benjafield has welcomed 34 new families and Berriedale has welcomed 35. There are waitlists at both centres, and a recruitment process has brought in 19 new staff over the past six months.

The council allocated $150,000 to the childcare centres in the 2022-23 financial year and $60,000 for future years, and implemented a range of measures including a recruitment drive, facility upgrades and improvements, playspace development and capital redevelopment of the Benjafield centre.

Works commenced last September, with improvements at both facilities including fresh paint, new lighting and air conditioning units, and new indoor window furnishings and outdoor blinds and awnings.

A funding boost from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program saw $150,000 invested in upgrades to the centres’ playspaces, which included new swing sets, rubber soft fall, play bark and concrete edging at both centres.

Further works scheduled at Benjafield include improvements to the outdoor space, a separate sleeping space, nappy change and bathing facilities, along with new toilets, an administration space, a meeting room and shower facilities for staff.

“It’s fantastic to see how much has been achieved here since Council decided to retain and invest in the services in 2022, and it will be an exciting time for families using the services as we look towards the improvements in the pipeline for the 2023-24 financial year,” Glenorchy Mayor Bec Thomas said.

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