Construction work on $4.5 million Oatley West Early Learning Centre is almost complete, with Georges River Council pushing for the progress of major project works to continue in order to support the economic recovery of the city.
Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that final landscaping touches are being applied to the centre which should, when licensed, cater for up to 49 children aged between 6 weeks and 6 years.
"This new centre will be employing 14 fully trained, quality educators, including an on-site cook to deliver a play-based learning curriculum," Councillor Greene said.
"A range of unique and sustainable resources have been sourced for the centre that will provide endless opportunities for children to explore and develop through their interests.
"Modern technology will enhance specific learning experiences, and ensure families receive regular online updates regarding their child's development.
"The staff will be working to build relationships with local community groups, and making use of the surrounding parks and open spaces to encourage children to be environmentally and socially conscious citizens.
"The potential for teaming up with Bushcare groups or neighbouring nursing homes could provide opportunities for environmental education, as well as intergenerational connection, which creates positive benefits for both the children and the people they interact with.
"The fitout phase of the project is next, and once this is complete we look forward to opening the doors to our community so they can experience all the possibilities this new facility has to offer," Cr Greene said.