Child Care Industry News June 14, 2016 |®
Child Care Industry News
June 14, 2016
Welcome, this week meet Siobhan Finegan from the Wee Wonders Childcare Centre in Kensington NSW, plus learn about a digital resource to help early childhood education and care providers, and Lady Gowrie celebrates 75 years with the launch of a special book.
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Siobhan Finegan
What is your name?
My name is Siobhan Finegan. I am Irish born and immigrated to Australia when I was five years old. Siobhan is a very difficult name to say for toddlers, so I have been called "Shimon, Shiwan, Vashaun, Vaughny."

The very first enrolment I had 19 years ago, was a three year old called Billy. Billy called me "Mon," as new children started they thought that was my name and now nineteen years on I still have staff and families that call me Mon, while Billy is now a university student.

Which service do you work in? How many staff and children are in your service?
I am an owner/operator at Wee Wonders Childcare Centre. Wee Wonders in Kensington has been operating for nineteen years. I then opened Wee Wonders Chifley ten years ago.
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Happy anniversary Lady Gowrie
In honour of the 75th anniversary of Lady Gowrie Child Care Centres, Gowrie NSW has launched a history book celebrating the passion and commitment of Gowrie educators past and present.

Gowrie NSW - celebrating 75 years' was written by Associate Professor Frances Press and Dr Sandie Wong.

Chief Executive Officer of Gowrie NSW Natalie Greenfell said Gowrie NSW has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality care for young children across the state.

"This book was written to document our journey since founding, and to enable us to share how, over time, our organisation has changed from a single demonstration child research centre to managing and supporting a very diverse and dynamic range of programs for children, families and sector professionals across NSW and ACT," Ms. Grenfell said.

"Today, Gowrie NSW not only contributes to early and middle childhood in NSW but influences national conversations as a member of Gowrie Australia," Ms. Grenfell said.

The history book tells a story of change and adaption; including changes in name, funding sources, management, programs and clientele and how this dynamic organisation adapted and extended its programs to respond to the needs of families, especially those facing difficult circumstances.

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In an effort to make it easier for early childhood education and care providers to access resources and professional development tools, the Australian government has launched The Hub a web portal which offers a single destination for a range of digital resources.

Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham launched the Early Childhood Resource Hub and said it offers providers access to more than 300 digital resources, including articles, videos, forums, all linked to the National Quality Framework (NQF).

The government says that ECEC providers can use resources on the Hub to support their educational programming and share ideas about professional practice.

According to the government: "The Hub is a valuable tool to assist educators and services developing and implementing quality improvement plans and tackling specific issues, such as the application of learning frameworks, parental engagement and supporting children with specific needs."

For further information and to register as a Hub user visit
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