DATE Nights at Goodstart Early Learning centres is a new initiative to encourage parents to take time for themselves.
The concept was introduced by Goodstart after listening to parents who felt they had lost their “we time” after having children.
Goodstart trialled the Date Nights on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25.
It allowed families enrolled at the 40 centres which took part across WA 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.
This lets parents spend a couple of hours together to focus on maintaining a strong relationship.
Goodstart Thornlie parent Oumilladevi Soopramanien said Date Nights was a great initiative for her family not having relatives nearby to help out.
“I was speaking to centre director yesterday to let them know if would be great if this became a regular event so parents can plan ahead.”
WA 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 caregivers 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.
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 are at the core of everything Goodstart does and because of this, we have a deep understanding of our families’ needs and wants,” Ms 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.”