G8 Education has listened to Western Australian families’ cries for more early learning services, opening five new centres in 12 months.
G8 Education is preparing to open two new Great Beginnings centres in Baldivis and Canning Vale which will provide 219 places for children.
This is in addition to the 298 places G8 Education has added to the greater Perth area in the past 12 months, having opened new centres in Southern River, Golden Bay and Victoria Park.
“We’ve heard the calls from families and are looking forward to being able to provide greater access to quality early learning and care for Western Australian families,” said G8 Education Chief Executive Officer Gary Carroll.
“These centres will be our fourth and fifth centres we’ve opened in Western Australia in the past 12 months, with more in the pipeline for the next two to three years.”
It is forecast the demand for Long Day Care services in Canning Vale will increase by up to 20 per cent from 2020 to 2025*.
In Baldivis, the need is even greater, with population projections estimating the number of children attending Long Day Care services will increase by 8 to 12 per cent per annum until 2025.
Western Australia Regional Manager, Leigh Harding, said she is proud to meet the needs of working families and by providing quality care.
“I am proud that our centres provide working families with quality education and care that allows them to go to work with the peace of mind that their child is learning in a safe and nurturing environment,” she said.
Great Beginnings Baldivis Centre Manager Amy Beveridge agreed, noting that the centre will be focused on providing a flexible program and schedule to ensure a seamless transition between home and centre for both child and family.
“It’s important to adapt our way of working to the schedules being followed at home, so we become an extension of that rather than complicating things for our families,” she said.
“My team will also be led by the interests of the children in the development of our program and encourage maximum engagement and independence from the children.”
Kelly Van Meekeren, Great Beginnings Canning Vale Centre Manager, said creating an inclusive environment is critical in setting up children for success in their learning and development.
“We know that children need to feel accepted and settled in order to be open and ready to learn,” she said.
“We will be focusing on creating an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated, accepted and supported.”
Great Beginnings Baldivis and Canning Vale offer education and care for children six weeks to six years, from 6.30am to 6.30pm, five days a week.
The centres are also hiring, with Ms Harding encouraging local educators, or anyone considering a career change, to contact the team to find out more about the open opportunities.
“Our Study Pathways Program supports people at any stage of life to start their career in early learning,” she said.
“We recognise that our people are our greatest asset, which is why we are committed to investing in our people and rewarding our team by providing access to supported professional development, discounted child care and retail and wellbeing offers.”