After an $11,000 government funding cut and a large decrease in enrolments, the Brighton Playroom is struggling to keep their doors open.
The centre was created in 1990 by a group of mothers who found it difficult to attend appointments and run daily errands with their children. 25 years later, it has blossomed into an early learning centre with supervision and teaching provided by childcare professionals for children aged 18 months to five years.
“The numbers of enrolments have dropped over the last three years. Before then we were completely full with a long wait list, now we are at 70 per cent capacity,” director and part-time teacher Nadia Woods told The Newsroom.
The centre strongly believes it is unethical to make a profit from supervising and educating children. Their program is designed to develop the children’s skills and to support kindergarten and school readiness. While the younger children focus on social learning and self-expression, the older children learn group dynamics and how to work collaboratively.
Despite the threat, the centre is maintaining its positive attitude by advertising on Facebook, delivering flyers and keeping the lines of communications open. However if enrolments don’t increase by the end of this year, the centre may be forced to close.
The Brighton Playroom is located at 145A Cochrane St, Brighton, 10 kilometres south of Melbourne’s CBD.
Morning and afternoon sessions range from three to four hours.
For further details, phone (03) 9532 4440. – Erica Larrubia
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