Little Sprouts Early Learning Centre is expanding its current operation with construction set to commence at its brand new $3m facility at Parklakes in Bli Bli.
The centre is its second facility in Parklakes and is expected to be completed in early 2016 and will cater for up to 130 children from newborn up to five years old and employ around 35 certified educators and administration staff. The centre will also operate a government approved kindergarten program.
Little Sprouts Early Learning Centre, owner, Natalie Casten, says this new facility will combine sustainability principles alongside high tech interactive learning programs to engage children’s senses and foster a love a learning.
“Our new centre will have a special IT hub for our kindy kids and we will have state of the art 60 inch interactive touchscreens that come to life when the children touch them, displaying letters of the alphabet with accompanying stories and songs.
“The playground will feature a water park with an old-school hand water pump, so children are able to understand the importance of saving water while they are having fun building sand castles,” Mrs Casten said.
The centre is committed to being environmentally sustainable and aims to source 60 to 70 per cent of its electricity from solar panels on the roof and up to 80 per cent of their water from recycled rainwater.
“We have made sure that the larger established trees will remain on the site to give the children lots of natural shade and we will be planting many more trees and shrubs. We will also replicate the horticultural program which currently runs at our Parklakes site, teaching children how to grow and cultivate their own herbs and vegetables.
“Many of the children earn a little bit of pocket money by selling their harvest back to their parents so it’s a win-win situation,” she said.
The new facility will also boast an art studio and demonstration kitchen enabling children to explore their creative side and learn how to make tasty treats at home. The classrooms and playground areas are above standard government size to ensure children are given ample space to play and learn.
Parklakes spokesperson Rob Midgley said he was looking forward to the centre commencing construction as it would provide another important community facility for local residents.
“Parklakes is a neighbourhood which attracts all types of buyers, however it’s particularly family friendly so it tends to attract parents and their children wanting great facilities within easy access to their home.
“We’ve already got a wonderful school at Bli Bli and there is also a P-12 Catholic School earmarked for Parklakes so this new Early Learning Centre is another important local education facility. With so many dual income families nowadays, it’s important to have as many community facilities as close to home as possible so I am sure Little Sprouts will be inundated with enrolments,” he said.
Parents are encouraged to visit the existing Little Sprouts centre which is located at 50 Parklakes Drive, Bli Bli to enrol their child for 2016. The new centre is due for completion in early 2016 and will be located at 138 – 174 Camp Flat Road at Bli Bli.
For more information visit www.littlesproutslearningcentre.com.au.