YWCA Canberra celebrates official opening of brand new Fairley Early Childhood Service with Murrumbateman community

3 July 2017

Eliza Hughes

Eliza is the Communications and Marketing Officer at YWCA Canberra

Thursday, 29 June saw YWCA Canberra welcome a crowd of more than 60 people who gathered together over drinks and canapés to officially open the brand new Fairley Early Childhood Service in Murrumbateman, NSW.

Before the ribbon was officially cut by YWCA Canberra President Jude Burger, guests heard from Rowena Abbey, Mayor of Yass Valley Council and Mike Reid, Councillor for Murrumbateman, as well as project partners, Rohan Arnold, Director of ArnoldCo, Ben Hewlett, Director of Hewlett Property Group, who were all proud and excited to welcome Fairley Early Childhood Service, which will provide innovative care to local children in the Yass Valley region.

During an interview with Nine News, Mike Reid said, “I like change, I like to see development and I think the community will really value this as an asset.”

Fairley Early Childhood Service will care for up to 115 children from six weeks of age through to after school care and holiday programs. This service will employ experienced and well-trained educators, several with Bachelor degrees in early childhood education. It will be a flexible, sustainable, and stimulating workplace.

YWCA Canberra’s Executive Director, Frances Crimmins said, “I think that’s another bonus to this region that we will be able to provide 30 full-time positions once the Centre is fully opened.”

Fairley Early Childcare Service will provide an innovative and flexible format, including a focus on gender-neutral education. The innovations are based on leading global practices, and will set a new standard for quality, affordable early childhood education and care in the region.

YWCA Canberra has long been involved in providing early childhood education and care. It was in the early ‘60s that we first began offering child-minding services, alongside an ever-increasing range of classes and activities, a foreshadowing of the later expansion of children’s services within YWCA Canberra’s work. Today we provide more than 300 families with affordable and quality early childhood education and care, including our:

  • early childhood services in Gungahlin, Conder and Campbell that have been providing care in Canberra for more than 30 years
  • Family Day Care Scheme, giving flexibility to our educators and the families who access their services
  • 16 School Age Care programs across Canberra
  • Circles of Support, our parenting program supporting young people and their carers through difficult times
  • Y-Aspire and Every Girl programs in schools, that give young girls a stronger sense of who they are and who they can be
  • primary prevention programs which educate children and young people about respectful relationships, such as Relationship Things and Respect, Communicate, Choose
  • housing support programs for women and families.

Taking on this project has been an exciting next step in the suite of services offered by YWCA Canberra’s Children’s Services portfolio. It’s been a collaborative effort between us, ArnoldCo, and Hewlett Property Group in what is a much needed early childhood service for families in Murrumbateman and surrounds.

YWCA Canberra’s vision, purpose, motivation, and values all influence the decisions that are made within our services; from the curriculum that informs how we teach children, to the flexibility, structure, support and opportunities we offer each employee.

They say it takes a village to raise a child and Fairley intends to be that village for Murrumbateman. With services catering to young infants, all the way through to After School Care and School Holiday Programs, everything we do here will be about fostering a sense of community.

Neighbours, friends and community members can spend beautiful sunny afternoons playing by the creek in our backyard, or planting veggies to share with families. Children of all ages will gather in the dining hall, sharing meals and memories. You’ll be able to walk through these doors soon and hear the laughter that comes with so many amazing childhood experiences.

There are many people who have contributed to this important project. But we’d specifically like to thank:

  • Rohan Arnold, Director of ArnoldCo
  • Ben Hewlett, Director of Hewlett Property Group
  • Bernadette Carbin, YWCA Canberra’s Director of Children’s Services
  • Louise Billman, YWCA Canberra’s Manager of Early Childhood Services.

Also, to the YWCA Canberra Board for their vision and willingness to make an investment in providing leading early childhood services in regional NSW.

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If you are interested in seeing this stunning new centre for yourself, please see the Fairley Early Childhood Service website for more detail on upcoming open days, employment opportunities and enrollment details, or contact Louise Billman on Louise.Billman@ywca-canberra.org.au

As Rohan Arnold, Director of ArnoldCo said, it’s now time to “fill this thing with kids and make a lot of noise!”

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