A open-plan layout to encourage children to engage in multiple play-based learning stations is one of the features of the new $1.4 million Bossley Park Preschool.
The council-run preschool, located on the site of Bossley Park Public School, was funded through the NSW Department of Education's capital works program and replaces the 20-place mobile preschool that previously operated out of a classroom at the school.
The new centre also has an undercover outdoor area which includes a sandpit and other children's activities.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone officially opened the centre on Thursday with the service now able to offer an extra 100 sessions of preschool per week for up to 80 children every week.
"Preschools are extremely important not only in providing educational benefits for young children and preparing them for school, but also enabling parents to go back to work," said Mr Carbone, who also added prices start from $10 a day for eligible families.
"Providing high quality, low cost services that cater to the needs, interests and abilities of all children is really important to council. We are one of the few councils that invest in preschools and we are committed to supporting our local families with affordable and accessible early education and care.
"This new preschool cements council's position as the largest not-for-profit provider of early childhood education services in Fairfield."
Council caters for the needs, interests and abilities of all children with close to 3000 places at 14 centre-based early learning centres, 10 supported playgroups and a family day care scheme with up to 60 educators providing education and care in a home based environment. Fairstart Early Intervention also provides early intervention supports including speech pathology and occupational therapy for children up to 12 years of age.
- Details: fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/cfs.