ABOUT 105 children at Noranda Child Care Centre (CCC) will gain more educational resources after the State Government reinstated $4 million worth of funding over four years for 64 child and family care centres.
The centre, at the corner of Forder Road and Garson Street, caters for children aged from zero to five years of age.
It is one of seven centres managed by Bayswater Child Care Association.
Other centres to receive funding for property maintenance, asset renewal, replacement costs and resources included Salisbury CCC in Bedford, Bayswater Family Centre, Brockman House in Beechboro, Sudbury Community House in Mirrabooka and Kingfisher Park Family Centre in Ballajura.
Community Services Minister Simone McGurk, who made the announcement on May 21, said the decision was made in response to community concerns.
Department of Communities Commissioning and Governance acting executive director Jacqui Herring said the centres would benefit from the funding on an “as needs” basis for repairs and maintenance rather than an allocated portion of the total funding.
Noranda CCC children’s services manager Maria Stella said the funding would be used to enhance professional development and training opportunities for educators and provide funds for capital works at Noranda and Salisbury.
“The funding will also allow us to purchase additional educational resources for our children and for our centre, through the new National Quality Standard, to improve our already high standards to our community,” she said.
Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson, whose son attends Noranda CCC, said it was important to continue to support families who relied on the centre’s services.
“The previous government just cut out all the funding which would have meant Noranda Child Care Centre… would have left them about $80,000 out of pocket each year,” she said.
“That is a huge amount of money that they would essentially have to pay for by raising fees for the child care centre.
“I think if we lost them, we would see standards fall across the sector.”
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the City welcomed the funding for Noranda, which operated out of a building it owned and maintained.
“Councillors Lorna Clarke, Chris Cornish, Stephanie Gray and Sally Palmer (chair) all hold positions on the board of the Bayswater Child Care Association,” he said.
“The Bayswater Child Care Association delivers a range of childcare options that respond to the individual needs of families within the City.”