Subiaco: Subicare Early Learning Centre secures State Government support

Emma Thunder with Barney Thunder (3), Lindsay Poggenpoel (Director Subicare) with Julian Hanna (6months) and Tim Dawkins with Spencer Dawkins (2). Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Emma Thunder with Barney Thunder (3), Lindsay Poggenpoel (Director Subicare) with Julian Hanna (6months) and Tim Dawkins with Spencer Dawkins (2). Picture: Andrew Ritchie

AFTER more than 30 years serving Subiaco families, a community-run early learning centre is celebrating a new name, new look and a new commitment from the State Government.

Changes were set to come into effect from June 2018 altering Subicare’s peppercorn lease on Bagot Road, with the previous State Government cutting accommodation support to community neighbourhood centres and childcare centres.

Subicare director Lindsay Poggenpoel said at the time the proposed change would impact all the families who use the centre, as fees would need to be significantly increased to cover operating costs.

The cuts were reversed by Community Services minister Simone McGurk in May, with $4m allocated over four years to fund accommodation support for 64 centres.

Management committee chair Emma Thunder said it had been amazing for the not-for-profit to secure the support, along with funding for upgrades from the Department of Communities over the past 18 months.

“The re-brand is the culmination of a range of recent achievements at the centre, and demonstrates our commitment to continue to be a leading early childhood educational provider,” she said.

The centre was officially re-branded as an early learning centre on Friday by mayor Penny Taylor and Department of Communities project manager Mark Murphy.

It has been open since 1986 and cares for 60 children from babies to five-year-olds.