Island preschool to get new lease of life
PITTWATER Council will
renovate the Scotland Island preschool this month to
ensure the only childcare centre on the island complies
with the Department of Community Services guidelines.
The Scotland Island and Offshore Child Care Services
Association, the new management team created to run the
preschool, said DoCS had also promised a swift
turnaround on paperwork to ensure the centre opened at
the start of term on January 30.
The parents and
association members are now frantically searching for an
authorised supervisor for the new term.
Anne Palmer said a
part-time supervisor was needed at the centre for three
days a week, Monday to Wednesday.
This would be the final
hurdle for parents who have fought hard for the future
of the centre.
The 20-place preschool
was built in 1989 and caters for children aged between
two and five years.
Late last year, childcare
provider KU Children's Services announced it would cease
running its services from the centre.
As a result, the
association was formed to manage the preschool and its
first duty was to get council support to renovate the
building to comply with new regulations.
The council agreed at a
meeting last month to build a staff room, install a
craft sink and cupboard, place perspex on stairs, clean
water facilities and guttering and complete any other
Ms Palmer said the
community had really got behind the childcare centre.
``It's been amazing,''
``A classic case of the
council, the community and DoCs working together.''
She said a group of 35
parents had worked on various strategies, including a
fundraising campaign, to ensure the new service had a
``We need new office
equipment because KU took all that, but they left the
play equipment,'' she said.
``We also need funds to
build up finances so we are a secure financial
The association also
plans to spearhead a long day care facility in the
future plus vacation programs, a mother's group and play
``This (split from KU)
has been good for us as it has made us look at what we
need,'' Ms Palmer said.
The next fundraiser will
be the Black and White Ball on January 28 at the
Scotland Island community hall.
Tickets cost $65 and
available through Pittwater Trading Online (www.pittwatertradingonline.com.au).
Anyone interested in the
supervisor position should call Ms Palmer on 0410 574