Goodstart Roma kindergarteners Charlotte Redmond and ParkerJohnson with Centre Director Tabatha Lippert.
Goodstart Roma kindergarteners Charlotte Redmond and ParkerJohnson with Centre Director Tabatha Lippert.

Future safe guarded for Roma’s early learners

WHILE the rest of the country has struggled to come to terms with what the COVID-19 pandemic will mean for their daily lives, children have, for the most part, gone on as normal.

There are still paintings to be made, books to be read, and naps to be had, and that was today safeguarded when the Prime Minister announced free childcare would be on offer for children of essential workers.

It also means up to 13,000 childcare centres across the country will stay open, to continue to provide an essential service.

“If you have a job in this economy then that is an essential job, in my view, in terms of running of the economy and it is important that all of those parents who have children, that they get access to the childcare and those facilities will be there for them in the many months ahead,” Scott Morrison said.

“What we will be doing is we will be ensuring for those parents who are still in that position where they are needing that childcare, it will be free.”

In Roma, it will mean 74 children a day, from 6-weeks-old to school age, can continue their early learning journey at Goodstart Early Learning.

Centre Director Tabatha Lippert said it was fantastic news.

“We’re here, we’re open, and we’re not closing,” she said.

“We strive to achieve access to early learning for 74 children a day, and it’s great that we can continue to do that.

“We also employ 20 staff, including teachers, educators, our chef and admin start, so it’s great we will also be able to continue to offer stable employment.”

While there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding what life will look like in the coming months, for Ms Lippert, one of the most important things for families is to continue to support the early learning of their children.

Goodstart have launched an online, at-home service, to ensure every child continues to have access to early learning.

“You can’t get their first five years back,” Ms Lippert said.

“Having those accessible options for learning is ultimately beneficial for the child and the family, and we can maintain that relationship so when this is over they can come back.”


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