Toybox Community Child Care Centre celebrates 30 years

Toybox Community Child Care Centre celebrated 30 years at the weekend as it celebrated the past and its future.

A 30 year celebration was held at the child care centre on New West Road from 10am which included activities for children and presentations about the centre’s successes.

On show was the centre’s new nursery outdoor play space, which was finished in time for the event.

The play space, which includes a new sandbox and swing set, was developed in the past year and was made possible thanks to Port Lincoln Community Bank grant funding.

As well as featuring the future the centre also recognised its past with a commemorative plaque and vase presented to Bernadette Crowhurst in recognition of her nearly 30 years of service.

Ms Crowhurst said she was thrilled to be recognised for the efforts she had put in throughout the years.

She said what she enjoyed most about her work was “meeting new families and enjoying the excitement that the children show when they come into childcare.”

“It’s very rewarding for me and it’s been a very challenging time over the years because of fluctuating numbers and lots of changes in childcare, but they’ve all been for positive change.”

Guests of all ages were well catered for with Boston Bean, Coco Loco Catering and the Royal Flying Doctor Service setting up food stalls with food platters also supplied by Drakes Foodland and wine by Lincoln Estate Wines.

A birthday celebration would not be complete without a cake as Sugar Daisy Cakes supplied a special multi-layered one for the occasion.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar were on hand and made speeches, as did Port Lincoln Mayor Bruce Green.

Mr Ramsey revealed to the crowd Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s announcement of the government’s new childcare support system.

He said the package would pump an extra $2.5 billion into the child care sector, removing the annual $7613 subsidy ceiling per child.

“For a centre like Toybox the new funding system could not come at a better time, their 53 places are full and they are planning to expand,” he said.

“The new system will make childcare more available and lift demand.”

Toybox director Chantelle Sugden said the centre prided itself for 30 years on, community based child care.

“We are the only community based child care centre on Lower Eyre Peninsula, which means our philosophy is about community and provision of high quality care for the community,” she said.