Little Peoples Place childcare centre opens in Banksia Grove

One of the purpose-built early learning spaces at Little People Banksia Grove. Pictures supplied
One of the purpose-built early learning spaces at Little People Banksia Grove. Pictures supplied

A BALINESE-inspired childcare centre opened in Banksia Grove this month.

WA’s largest family-owned childcare operator Littler Peoples Place opened its 11th centre at 1 Fairywren Street by holding a community open day on December 1.

Mayor Tracey Roberts shared official opening duties on the day with Aboriginal Noongar leader Shaun Nannup.

Noongar leader Shaun Nannup performed a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts spoke at the event, highlighting that an average of eight babies were born a day to City of Wanneroo residents.

Owners Phyllis and Vijay Narula said the purpose-built centre would cater for children aged up to five years old

The design of Little Peoples Place Banksia Grove was inspired by the beauty and harmony of Balinese architecture and the wonder of nature.

Briella (3) goes for a spin at the Little Peoples Place Banksia Grove.

“Our age group-specific rooms are linked via free-flowing gardens and a wonderful communal hub in the centre,” Mrs Narula said.

“For us it was about creating a functional, contemporary space which reflects the strong sense of family and connectedness that’s evident in the Banksia Grove community.

“We also place great emphasis on delicious, healthy food and the kitchen enables our fabulous cook to interact with the children as part of their daily experience.”

Santa with Little Peoples Place owner Phyllis Narula.

She said the centre would use technology to enhance the childcare experience for parents and grandparents who could access their children’s learning portfolio online.

Activities at the official opening included face painting, a bouncy castle, a Santa visit and samples of the centre’s food menu.

The Narulas plan to open their 12th centre in Scarborough in 2020.

Dylan Rhodes (5) checks out one of the creativity hubs.
Sisters Madilyn and Scarlett Coleman (both 8) show off their face painting.
Little Peoples Place owners, Vijay and Phyllis Narula officially open Little Peoples Place Banksia Grove with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.