Labour of love opens in Myaree
With the aim of strengthening and adding value to the existing Goodstart network, the new-look Myaree centre has been extended and features six newly constructed spaces, providing care for 95 children.
The centre, which was originally a 41-place service, was extended due to a demand for places in the community. New centre director Emma Wheeler, who moved from Goodstart Success, said the architect-designed building was something to be proud of.
“The centre started in old house that was converted into an early learning centre. As demand grew, the house next to the centre was purchased and demolished, making way for a brand-new architect-designed building.
“From there, the children moved into the new building, and the old centre was gutted and completely renovated,” Ms Wheeler said.
“it still has the original roof line, but it blends in really well with the ultra-modern building next door.”
An external art studio, a parent room with a computer and espresso coffee machine and a state-of-the-art kitchen with a servery out to the children’s dining hub are all features.
The playground has a large sandpit, a thong-a-phone, cubby house, outdoor kitchen, climbing frame and plenty of natural features. The centre’s two chickens, who lay eggs daily, now have a new purpose-built home.
Ms Wheeler said taking on a brand new centre was going to be a challenge, but she was looking forward to it.
“Building relationships with the families and ensuring that the children have the best possible start with the support they require will be my priorities going forward,” she said. “I’m excited, a little overwhelmed but I’m very adaptable and know this will be great.”
Ms Wheeler said it was the challenge of attracting new families that attracted her to the job.
“I’m a real believer in natural environments and at the end of the day, it’s a big challenge to take something that is similar to a new build and make it a community hub.”
WA state manager Todd Dawson said Goodstart was always looking for ways to add value to the service we offer children, families and communities by improving our current centres.
“Our vision is for all Australia’s children to have the best possible start in life,” Mr Dawson said.
“Part of meeting this vision is working to ensure all children have access to quality early learning and care and by extending our centre we can offer places to more than 40 more children.”
Goodstart is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit social enterprises with turnover exceeding $1billion. Profits are reinvested into providing quality early learning and delivering the vision of giving all of Australia’s children the best possible start in life.