House debates

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Statements by Members

Forde Electorate: Child Care

1:34 pm

Photo of Bert Van ManenBert Van Manen (Forde, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

I recently had the opportunity to visit a new childcare facility in my electorate of Forde—Happy Hearts Child Care and Kindergarten at Park Ridge. Happy Hearts offers childcare for children aged six years old until kindergarten. Their ethos is founded on developing the children's independence and confidence through belonging, being and becoming—belonging to a community, being of the world, and becoming a healthy, responsible and contributing adult. From the nursery, Happy Hearts offers a warm, safe, nurturing environment to strive to create trusting relationships and friendships. The toddler curriculum offers a combination of play and interaction in a fantastic playground with all sorts of great things to do. The junior and senior toddler programs at the facility allow the children to be challenged and inspired through taking chances and opportunities and developing their skills and abilities. The kindergarten at Happy Hearts was established on the foundation of children formally entering school by providing a safe and supportive environment for the pupils to develop self-confidence, social skills and emotional self-regulation, including early literacy and numeracy skills. To the team at Happy Hearts Child Care and Kindergarten, I wish you every success for the future. Thank you for the great job you are doing to ensure that our kids have a bright and positive start to their life.