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Eden early childhood centres to merge


Early childhood education in Eden is set for a significant change, with Council to co-locate Eden Preschool and Eden Childcare Centre from January 2019.

The merged entity will operate from the Eden Childcare Centre facility in Bimmil Street. 

The decision to co-locate Eden Preschool and Eden Childcare Centre aligns with recent feedback and requests from service users and will importantly improve efficiencies by reducing overhead costs such as utilities. The move is also a key priority within Council’s Children’s Services Strategic Plan.

Council’s Manager Community Connections, Kristina Brenner, said in working under a finite budget it is our absolute priority that funding is allocated wherever possible to directly supporting the children and their families.

“There is no doubt in our mind that a successful merger will enable this to happen more effectively and having recently received a capital works grant, we are planning on increasing the licenced capacity of the co-located service by building a third room,” Ms Brenner said.

“Council has operated all four of its Children’s Services (Bandara in Bega and the Sapphire Mobile Preschool as well) for more than 10 years, having taken them on to ensure the community wasn’t without a preschool or childcare centre and we remain unwavering in this commitment.

“It is important that as we transition into these new arrangements, our families and children feel supported and understand that we will assist them in any way we can,” Ms Brenner said.

Information sessions will be held in Term 3, with current and potential service users of the preschool and long day care programs welcome to attend. These information sessions will also include consultation about the naming of the new Centre.

For more information, contact your current service.