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Townsville Early Childhood Centres Face Brighter Futures

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Thousands of children will shortly head off to school, but for around 307,000 Queensland babies and toddlers it’s time to leave their cots with teddies in tow to embrace lifelong learning and nurture friendships.

To celebrate a new year of fun and early learning, almost 150 Lifelong Learning childcare centres will throw open their doors to welcome new families on Saturday 1st February from 10:00AM-1:00PM.

More than 14,000 babies, toddlers and kindergarten children attend Lifelong Learning Centres across Australia each year, and according to Dr Lesley Jones, Senior Advisor Pedagogy and Practice, this is when children’s real learning journey begins.

“Research reveals the first five years of a child’s life is a critical time when children’s brains rapidly develop with up to 90 per cent of brain development having already taken place before a child starts primary school,” Dr Jones said.

“Quality early education and childcare can set your child up for success at school, preparing them emotionally, socially and physically, as well as providing academic foundations for future learning.

“The amount and nature of stimulation and nurturing children receive in these years makes all the difference, and that’s why access to quality early learning is so important.”

According to the Australian Early Development Census conducted last year, 21.7 per cent of children in Grade One were developmentally vulnerable.

Dr Jones said at a time when Australian children are falling behind in terms of literacy and numeracy, access to quality early learning has never been more important.

“The results speak for themselves with children who attend three or more years of quality early learning performing better in year four maths, science and reading,” he said.

“It’s all play all day at Lifelong Learning Centres nationally, but what the babies, toddlers and kindergarten children probably don’t know is they’re really learning as they go.

Find a Lifelong Learning Centre Family Fun Fair near you at www.lll.edu.au or call 1800 CHILDCARE. Milestones Early Learning South Townsville is throwing open its doors to welcome people into the world of child’s play on Saturday, 1 February 2020 10am-1pm, showcasing the gifts of early learning.

Find a Lifelong Learning Centre Family Fun Fair near you at www.lll.edu.au/open-day or call 1800 CHILDCARE.

The theme of the Family Fun Fair is: ‘A new year of fun and learning has begun!’ The event will feature fun activities for children from birth to five years, refreshments, and demonstrations of their play-based early learning curriculum.

Centre Manager, Julie Louk, said, “we’re excited to welcome new parents into our community, and help them understand the value of quality, play-based early learning for their baby or child in their years before school.”

“Early socialisation, developing emotional resilience, exposure to reading and numbers, and physical activities can do so much to develop children into confident, capable lifelong learners,” she said.

“There are many things which make our centre unique and special including exceptional staff, specialised programs facilities which inspire curiosity and confidence but above all, our families tell us they see the value of the personalised attention we provide for every child in our care, which identifies their unique learning interests and abilities right from a very young age.”

Milestones Early Learning South Townsville offers early education experiences for children aged six weeks to school and beyond and limited childcare places are still available for 2020.

“Our team are highly qualified, and highly experienced child care educators and teachers, and we would love to meet local families on 1st February,” she said.

Families can register to attend the Family Fun Fair and Open Enrolment Day via the centre’s Facebook page or at www.lll.edu.au/open-day. For more information telephone 1800 CHILD CARE, Google: Milestones Early Learning or visit: www.lll.edu.au

Source: Department of Education administrative data 2019