Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Work continues to transform Friend Park Children’s Centre located on McKern Street, Wentworthville into a 40-place education and care service.
Mayor of Cumberland, Steve Christou said construction is well underway and the Centre is expected to reopen in early 2020.
“Since May this year, Friend Park Children’s Centre has been undergoing extensive renovations, increasing capacity from a 16 place service to accommodate up to 40 children.
“We see the value in having high quality education and care services and we look for every opportunity to ensure Council-run centres provide a stimulating, educational program for children from birth through to school age.
“When the Centre reopens in early 2020, children and their families will have access to a first rate facility that operates between 7am and 6pm from Monday to Friday.”
As part of renovations, a series of outdoor play spaces have been designed to allow children to explore the outdoors and connect with nature within landscaped areas. The outdoor play space provides safety for children with specially designed areas with fencing and shade, ensuring children are kept safe.
The new centre is expected to employ around 6 permanent and casual staff members.
Prior to the renovations the centre could accommodate 16 children and extending the licensed places at the service allows for additional positions for families to access high quality care for their children.
The project is costing $1.8 million.
Cumberland Council operates eight Long Day Care Centres. Each centre has a comprehensive handbook, available from the centre, which provides detailed information on fees, philosophy, procedures and other useful information.
Childcare subsidy options are available. For more information, contact Council’s Education and Care services on www.cumberlandcouncil.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 8757 9000.