ALL SMILES: Staff Photo from Educator’s Ball, Back Row L-R, Claire Donald, Rachael Beckman, Amy Drake, Rachael Morgan, Mickala Kister, Krystel Cox, Talitha Titmarsh, Michelle Arthur, Alice Robinson, Amanda Belousoff, Front Row L-R Katelyn Lawn, Cameron Foss, Jacqui BoydPratt, and Mandy Broszat.
ALL SMILES: Staff Photo from Educator’s Ball, Back Row L-R, Claire Donald, Rachael Beckman, Amy Drake, Rachael Morgan, Mickala Kister, Krystel Cox, Talitha Titmarsh, Michelle Arthur, Alice Robinson, Amanda Belousoff, Front Row L-R Katelyn Lawn, Cameron Foss, Jacqui BoydPratt, and Mandy Broszat. Contributed

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre celebrates 20 years

PARKHURST Early Learning Centre first opened its doors to the children of the Rockhampton region on July 17, 1995.

It was privately built and owned by Ronda and Peter Cartwright and was named Parkhurst Plains Child Care.

The name suited it well back in those days, as the Parkhurst area had not yet been established, as it consisted of only two caravan parks and a school.

For the past 20 years, Parkhurst Early Learning Centre has continually provided a high quality of long day education and care to the children and families of the Rockhampton region.

Catering for children from six weeks of age to 12 years, it provides both before and after school care and vacation care programs.

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre is a place where people are valued. Staff, children, parents, families and the community all have vital roles within our centre.

By working together, we have established and promoted high-quality care and education for young children.

For some, it will be their first time away from family and friends, so it is important that they feel comfortable, safe and secure in their new environment right from the start.

It is therefore important for you as parents and us as educators, to work together, sharing information about your child and the Centre and to maintain a positive attitude towards this new experience, so that the transition from home to the Centre is as smooth as possible.

Every endeavor will be made to achieve the highest quality care for your child.

After owning the Centre for 10years Ronda was ready to move onto the next chapter of her life and sold the Centre.

Collen Hebbard bought the Centre in 2005. After 1 year of managing the Centre Colleen decided to sell the business side of the service. Colleen continues to hold the freehold ownership and is a generous support to the service still.

After numerous year in the Child Care Industry and having successfully owned and managed a previous Child Care Centre, successful business owner, Rachael Diplock walked through the doors of Parkhurst Early Learning Centre and immediately fell in love.

She knew the high reputation it held and the potential it had. In 2007, as part of a family owned company Rachael negotiated the sale from Colleen as the Licensee and now Approved Provider.

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre has also recently added a purpose built Kindergarten building as an addition to the original Centre, taking our daily capacity from 69 children per day to 99 per day.

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre now has a 24 spaced Approved Kindergarten Program available to the Rockhampton community.

It's dedicated team of fully qualified Educators constantly seek to provide safe, nurturing and stimulating environments, to enable the children a playbased learning environment.

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre celebrated this very momentous milestone with a celebration at the Centre last Friday, October 9, with all families, children, Educators, as well as both and current previous owners Ronda and Colleen. Fun was had by all with face painting, sensory play, Little Aussie Encounters, cake and treats.

Parkhurst Early Learning Centre are preparing with the children and families a time capsule to memorialize the occasion.



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