Innovative childcare centre a boost for jobs

Up to 40 staff will be needed at our new early learning and childcare centre, which is set to feature a range of innovative practices, including teaching children to grow their own fresh produce for chef-prepared meals.

Construction is now under way on the purpose-built 138-place centre, which will be operated by family-owned LEAD Childcare in the heart of Waterlea.

The design of the new building will be based on LEAD Childcare’s recently constructed centre at Mango Hill, pictured above.

The facility’s “paddock to plate’’ program has been specially designed to encourage children to produce and cook with fresh fruit and vegetables, grown within the service.

A dedicated art studio to foster creative young minds, spacious learning hubs, a swimming pool and state-of-the-art playgrounds as well as an in-house chef preparing fresh and nutritious meals daily will also feature.

The centre is the first stage of an exciting new hub incorporating a market hall for convenience shopping, a cafe and information centre on Parkland Drive.

A major boost for the community, the new high-quality centre is part of Waterlea’s commitment to generating jobs and delivering outstanding key infrastructure close to home.

The centre will be conveniently located close to the Walloon State Primary School, the town centre and train station, and the start of its construction represents a milestone for Waterlea.

LEAD Childcare Chief Executive Officer, Dr Nina Hefford, said Waterlea was an ideal choice for the privately and family-owned and operated company’s 17th Queensland centre, with construction anticipated for completion at the end of 2020.

“The design of the centre is focused around the concept of community within the service. Our design and construction boasts a central piazza area that acts as a communal area for all children to interact in and enjoy meals together,” Dr Hefford said.

“We know that Waterlea is a thriving hub of the Walloon-Rosewood growth region and we are looking forward to offering our exciting and innovating range of programs, carefully designed to stimulate children’s minds and imaginations, to the local community,’’ Dr Hefford said.

Dr Hefford said the centre would offer regular bus excursions for the children to explore and be engaged with the local community, as well as offering a before and after school pick-up service from the centre.

“The centre will also have as many as 40 staff positions available and we hope to begin recruiting for these by the middle of the year,’’ she said.

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