Funding boost to help centre

Annie’s Angels Childcare Centre has been given a funding boost aimed at building a stronger future for children in Harvey.

The centre will receive a total of $420,000 over three years through a sustainability and community grant offered through the Federal Government’s Community Child Care Fund.

Centre manager Sharon Fimmano said the funding would help the centre create a family and community hub focussed on early intervention.

Mrs Fimmano has worked in the childcare sector since 1990 and has witnessed the barriers parents face in getting the right support for their children.

“Early intervention is where we know we can make a difference in people’s lives,” she said.

“That’s what we want to do; make a difference for children in their early years.”

The funding will also help the centre provide transport for the service and link with other community organisations, health providers and existing outreach services.

“Early intervention, increased childcare participation and community connection is known to enhance secure attachment relationships and have long-term benefits,” she said.

“Creating a sense of belonging and connectedness to community builds protective factors to off-set adverse childhood events,” Mrs Fimmano said.

She said the centre would act as a base for external services to connect with families and offer early intervention programs, developmental checks and screening.

Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the funding would enable the centre to continue making a stronger future for children.

“Annie’s Angels is providing an invaluable service to our community,” Mrs Marino said.

“Congratulations to the hard-working team on being awarded new funding and I wish them all the best in the future.”

Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.