Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney
Opening Of Perth Airport’s First Early Parenting Service
Victor P Taffa
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today officially opened the State’s First Early Learning and Development Service to be located at Perth Airport.
The service will be managed by Ngala, a not-for-profit organisation who provide early parenting services for families with children newborn babies to six years and is a leading West Australian resource for families with babies and young children.
Ngala who recently marked their 120 year anniversary was chosen as one of 29 sites nationally who will pilot the Federal Government’s Early Years Learning Framework in WA.
“Ngala has recognised the need for working families to be able to easily access quality child care and I am pleased parents now have the option of accessing care at what is a unique and dynamic business location.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“Today’s concerns of balancing work with raising children and available child care options are of vital importance for parents who recognise a child’s early years are their most important.”
The new service at Perth Airport will focus on providing families with high-quality, accessible and affordable integrated early childhood education and care that fall under the Early Years Learning Framework arrangement.
The Minister commended the Westralia Airports Corporation involvement in the important initiative, which would be of great benefit to the local working community.
“The Westralia Airports Corporation has set a wonderful example of what can be done when the Private Sector steps in to support the Community Services Sector.” the Minister said.
Mrs. McSweeney added the Department for Communities currently funded Ngala to provide an Early Parenting Centre, Early Parenting Community Service and the Noranda Family Centre, all designed to increase parenting knowledge and skills through the provision of information, referral, counselling and education.