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New out of school hours care centre at Quakers Hill meets community need

1 April 2015 Wesley Mission news

Foster Care and AdoptionsA new $400,000 out of school hours care centre staffed, managed and funded by Wesley Mission has been opened at Quakers Hill Public School. The Wesley Out of School Hours Care building will boost the capacity of children in the program to 150.

Wesley Out of School Hours Care has been operating at Quakers Hill Public School auditorium for the past 15 years, but after consultation with parents and the school, Wesley Mission decided to develop a program-specific centre to meet the increasing demand. Each school day the program currently provides before-school care to 75 children, and offers after-school care to approximately 115 children—this has increased to 150 children from Term 1 this year. It also provides vacation care to around 50 children during school holidays.

The centre was opened by the Superintendent of Wesley Mission, the Rev Dr Keith Garner. “The time before or after school is a critical moment in a child’s day,” Dr Garner said. “It is important that children have suitable and appropriate care arrangements as well as opportunities to enjoy activities which promote mental and physical wellbeing.

“Children experience care which is as close to home as it can be. The program is providing children with an environment that is fun, creative and active but also gives them a chance to wind down with friends after a long day at school.

“Wesley Mission also offers children the opportunity to learn life skills such as making their own breakfast when they arrive, how to cook tasty snacks and how to share their games, knowledge and experiences with each other. It is a place where they feel safe, secure and cared for.”