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It's official!

- August 29, 2013

The Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir, and our Patron, Sir Nicholas Shehadie, help 3 year-old Harry Davenport to open our new Early Education and Care Centre.

Harry and his Dad, Andy (centre), educator, Melissa Woolfrey, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie.
 


Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, and Sir Nicholas Shehadie, Patron of The Infants' Home, came to Ashfield this week to officially open our new Early Education and Care Centre – 917 days after they launched a campaign to raise funds for the project.

Providing extra places

"We are thrilled to officially open this magnificent new centre," said The Infants' Home CEO, Anita Kumar.

"And we love the symmetry of having Her Excellency and Sir Nicholas here with us again to do the honours.

"It is with a little pride and a great sense of achievement that we can look around and see how all the years of planning, all the investment, and all the effort has created a special place that will cater for an extra 102 children each day."

Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW, speaks at the opening.
 


The new centre will allow The Infants' Home to extend our work with children and families living in vulnerable circumstances in our local area. It has been purpose-built to help meet growing community needs and to bridge existing service gaps in the inner-west.

An independent analysis conducted in 2009 by specialist work-life consultants, Families at Work, identified a widening gap in service provision to children at risk in the inner-west.

Increasing our capacity to help vulnerable families in the inner-west

The Infants' Home has become the primary provider of integrated early childhood education, care and health intervention services for children and their families in this vibrant, densely populated and culturally diverse part of Sydney.

Last year The Infants' Home provided services for over 1700 children and their families across Sydney. About 30 per cent or 500 of these children have additional needs or live in vulnerable circumstances.

Andy Davenport told everyone what The Infants' Home means to his family, and to his son, Harry.


The new centre will increase The Infants' Home’s overall capacity by 30 per cent, allowing over 600 children and their families access to our early intervention and education services each year.

Our clinical services will also be accessible to the general public, extending the benefits we provide to the community.

Only $1.5 million to go

The final project cost for stage 1 was $8.8million.

"Many people, through their generous contributions, have reduced our debt and left us with an outstanding loan of $1.5million," says Anita Kumar.

"Our hope is to raise this money over the next year, so we are not paying interest and so we can concentrate on delivering high quality services to children and families.

"Please help us to get rid of this debt. We can guarantee you one of the best social returns and value for your dollar. And every dollar counts."

Harry, with his Mum, Emma (L), Melissa Woolfrey (R) and Sir Nicholas Shehadie.

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