SA develops Catholic childcare

In a "groundbreaking" initiative, South Australia's Catholic Education network is launching its first purpose built childcare centre to open in 2009 in suburban Adelaide.

The Southern Cross reports that the first centre will nurture up to 90 children as part of an evolving network of "groundbreaking" parish-school communities south and west of Adelaide.

The early childhood development centre is expected to open at Findon in 2009 and is unique to Catholic Education SA in that it will care for children aged from six-months to five-years-old, the paper says.

"We are looking to provide childcare and early learning in a creative, positive and age-appropriate environment for young children and their families," said Allan Dooley, director of Catholic Education SA.

"We would see this as the first development of a child and family centre of this nature, which may well provide a model for further development."

The self-funded centre plans to deliver support programs for parents on issues such as nutrition and sleep patterns. It is part of a $9 million development of the primary school campus for the new Nazareth Catholic College.

Boost for childhood learning (Southern Cross, 1/7/07)

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3 Jul 2007