New childcare facility to help migrants who wish to study English at the TAFE

OPEN: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Gowrie creches general manager Clementine Buckett at Armidale TAFE campus on Beardy Street.
OPEN: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Gowrie creches general manager Clementine Buckett at Armidale TAFE campus on Beardy Street.

Armidale TAFE students with small children will be able to study with extra piece of mind, thanks to a new childcare facility on campus.  

Gowrie creches general manager Clementine Buckett said the response so far had been fantastic. 

“We currently have eight children here. This is a 30 place creche and a few more families are arriving this week so we expect to have more,” Ms Buckett said.

“They are onsite and the families can have lunch together whether its in the creche or the kids go out with their family so it’s really nice.” Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall officially opened the new service at the Beardy Street campus on Monday.

Mr Marshall said the $35,000 project included the installation of a new bathroom, kitchenette and other upgrades. The room has been filled with a range of stimulating learning and play equipment for the children, while under the supervision of qualified childcare providers.

“The new facility will assist parents to undertake a range of training options that are subsidised by the NSW Government, at TAFE NSW, while their children are being cared for,” he said.

“The most important thing is that parents can commit to their studies knowing that their children are learning and playing in a safe and well equipped environment.

“This new crèche helps removes any barriers to parents undertaking study at TAFE to further their skills and job prospects.”

The crèche is open four days each week.