Anglicare’s Early Childhood Centre at Goulburn Illawarra TAFE has passed their first year with high spirits after receiving an exceptional assessment score.
The Anglicare centre, previously run by the TAFE, was awarded ‘exceeding’ for all seven areas for the national quality framework.
Anglicare Executive for Early Learning Services Simon Bennett said a childhood centre of this quality was not just important for people connected to the TAFE, but for families across the region.
There are 14 educators in the centre and over 80 children.
Educators had come from St Saviour’s Long Day Care Centre and the previous TAFE centre to merge in the new facility.
Centre director Ashley Sturgiss said she was ecstatic with the assessment and rating of the childhood centre.
“To end up with such an amazing result at the end of it proves the dedication of the staff, but also the families and the commitment to the service,” Ms Sturgiss said.
“They need to be a strong cohesive network and they really are in this service.”
She said programs at the centre were tailored for the individual child.
“The families involvement and the participation in the program as well has been a huge assistance of the process,” she said.
“There is lots of communication with the families and what they would like to see and the succession of children as well.
“The preschool program is really embedded. We work on it the whole time with the children.”
She said there was a constant communication between the TAFE and the centre for students who were seeking childcare services.
“We do have that network and rapport with the TAFE campus and constantly update them in terms of what our vacancies look like so we can help their students,” she said. “A lot of our families studying at TAFE are also accessing the service.”