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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARD - CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

Research indicates that the earlier children and families access education programs and support the better the long-term outcomes. That’s why the services offered at the Beaudesert Early Years Centre & Kindergarten are so vital to the community. Since opening two years ago the centre has become an important and cherished part of the local community. 

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In the two years since it opened, the Beaudesert Early Years Centre & Kindergarten has become a valuable and essential part of the local community.

The centre is run by the Benevolent Society and offers a range of support and services for local families.

Centre director, Bev Book, describes it as a community hub.

“We’re a one-stop shop,” she says.

“A place where families can access free health checks, attend play groups, attend targeted parenting groups, family support services. We’re an early years hub and we have a team of 50 people who come in and out as needed – speech pathologists, early childhood teachers, yoga teachers, Queensland Health nurses, family support social workers. We all come together to provide seamless services for children and families.”

As well as offering support services, the centre also offers an approved kindergarten program for 44 children each year.

The Centre won the Award for Corporate Citizenship at the Scenic Rim Business Excellence Awards last week.

 “We’re funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Training,” says Bev.

“We have a staff of six and we try to work with parents closely and support them.

“All research indicates that the earlier we have programs in place to assist families with parenting skills and to attend kindergarten programs, the better the results.

“Ages zero to five is the best time to do it in terms of the brain architecture.

“The Benevolent Society has been in Queensland for six-and-a-half-years and it’s the oldest charity in Australia.

“Each year in Beaudesert we help at least 400 families. We are a recognized Aboriginal & Torres Straight Islander kindy and we work closely with the local people.”

Image: Bev Book from Beaudesert Early Years Centre and Kindergarten with Cr Jennifer Sanders and Beaudesert Chamber of commerce President Michael Enright.