- October 4, 2017
Rigby House is one of five early education centres at The Infants' Home which provides award-winning* inclusive services to children living with additional needs, including physical disability, alongside children with no additional needs. At Rigby House, children have learned to walk, talk and feed themselves. Their next learning challenge is to use a toilet and wash their hands independently, crucial skills for them to master in these early years.
Opened in 1959 as a 'Babies Annexe', Rigby House facilities have ably served the needs of generations of families in our community. But accessibility for older children is now limited by outdated layouts.
Rigby House children are unable to access the toilet independently, for example. The only entrance is through a nappy changing area that must be gated for the safety of crawling babies. Whilst our educators focus on opportunities to optimise each child's learning and development - an educator must leave the room to assist children accessing the toilet, denying them the independence of self-directed learning.
Rigby House in 1959
This December/January, The Infants' Home is renovating Rigby House to provide an accessible, inspiring educational environment for the next generation of Rigby House children, so our educators can keep doing what they do best - helping each child have every opportunity to fulfil their unique potential.
You can help us provide new facilities for the children of Rigby House. Please donate today to give Rigby House children the freedom to learn.
As a registered charity, The Infants' Home is a tax-deductible gift recipient, all donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
*In 2016 The Infants' Home won the Excellence in Building Inclusion award at the HESTA Early Childhood Education and Care Awards, in recognition of our innovation to promote and embed inclusion across the organisation.
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