Supporting families the aim of new concept
More than 40 Goodstart Early Learning centres in Western Australia will take part in simultaneous date nights on August 24 and 25 to support families and encourage parents to take some time out for themselves.
The concept, which was introduced by Goodstart Early Learning after listening to families who felt they had lost their “we time” after having children, will allow parents to spend a couple of hours together to focus on maintaining a strong relationship.
Families who are enrolled at the 40 centres taking part will be able to book their children (and their siblings) in for the night, at a cost of $20 per child for three hours, complete with qualified educators.
Some centres will hold pizza and movie nights, while others will offer themed nights where children undertake an activity.
Western Australia state manager Todd Dawson said Goodstart was committed to partnering with families to understand their needs more deeply.
“This engagement has been insightful and we are exploring new and better ways to meet the needs of children and families,” Mr Dawson said.
“Date nights are a terrific example of this partnership where through our existing trusting relationships, parents and care givers can get some much-needed time together which will in turn support better outcomes for children and the family.”
Goodstart Kingsley centre director Danika Dixon said parents often didn’t have time to do anything but work and look after their children.
“Our date nights will give couples the chance to spend quality time together and enjoy a night out or even just to get their groceries done.”
The “Date Night” concept is just one of a number of new offerings which are currently being trialled throughout Goodstart Early Learning to better support modern families.
“Research and innovation is at the core of everything Goodstart does and because of this, we have a deep understanding of our families’ needs and wants,” Mrs Dixon said.
“We are continually gaining a better understanding and respect for what parenting looks like in this day and age and we’ve built a shared vision for the future.”
A study by website First Five Years
found time is the greatest commodity for today’s parents with many happy yet stressed and overwhelmed as they struggle to find more time for themselves.
More than 60 per cent of parents in the First Five Years Snapshot of Australian Families
survey, believe more quality time for themselves would positively influence how happy they felt in their role as a parent.
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