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Help give Henry the freedom to learn

- October 4, 2017

Henry* is a toddler enrolled at Rigby House, one of our long day care centres. Since coming to Rigby House, Henry has learned to walk, talk, and feed himself. His next learning challenge is to use a toilet and wash his hands independently, crucial skills for him to master in these early years. 

Opened in 1959 as a ‘Babies Annexe’, Rigby House has served the needs of generations of children and families in our community well — but accessibility for toddlers is limited by outdated layouts. Most of the infrastructure is now over 50 years old and in urgent need of modernising and refurbishment.

Henry and his friends are unable to access the toilet at Rigby House independently. The only entrance is through a nappy changing area that must be gated for the safety of crawling babies. An educator must leave the room to assist children, denying them the independence of self-directed learning. The centre is also affected by old plumbing and leaking roofs.

Please help us renovate Rigby House to provide an accessible, inspiring educational environment for Henry and the next generation of Rigby House children and families.

Your donation will help us to provide new toilets for the children of Rigby House, as well as replacing flooring, ceilings, plumbing, cabinetry and equipment.

Please make your tax-deductible donation online here, or give us a call on (02) 9799 4844 to make a donation over the phone. 

Together we can continue to give each child every opportunity.

 

*not his real name

 

 

Rigby House in 1959

 

 

Rigby House in 1980s

 

 

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