Extending the care: Big funding boost for children's centre

FUNDING: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with Amanda Armstrong, Lee-Anne Dwyer, Meredith Cox, Aleisha Gibbons, Essie Fitzpatrick and Renee Howard.
FUNDING: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with Amanda Armstrong, Lee-Anne Dwyer, Meredith Cox, Aleisha Gibbons, Essie Fitzpatrick and Renee Howard.

OBERON Children's Centre is celebrating the news that it will receive a grant of $415,405 to extend the existing facility, which will almost double its child placement intake.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole says the centre is a successful applicant of the NSW Government's Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

Mr Toole said it was important to create new space for children in growing towns.

"Through the creation of more preschool places, even more children in Oberon will have access to a top quality early childhood education which will set them up for life," he said.

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Centre director Meredith Cox said she was excited for work to commence.

"We're delighted to be the recipients of this grant money and have already had discussions with local builders for the project," she said.

"We look forward to expanding our operation and offering more children the opportunity to start their learning here."

Mr Toole said there are more children attending 600 hours of preschool in NSW than ever before.

Graduation party

SPECIAL: Oberon Children's Centre students performed Jingle Bells at their graduation party last week.

SPECIAL: Oberon Children's Centre students performed Jingle Bells at their graduation party last week.

THIRTY-SIX students from Oberon Children's Centre celebrated with staff, family, friends and carers at their graduation party last week.

Students performed two songs and cut a cake with their guests, as well as being presented with their end-of-school packages by director Meredith Cox.