Wetherill Park Pre School celebrates 40th anniversary

Milestone: Anne Cude cuts the cake with current children whose parents attended the preschool: Oliver Minasian, Henry West, Christian Dipietrantonio, Tarek Brown, Sophia Yutronic, Eve Perkovic, Matilda West and Jasper Pene.
Milestone: Anne Cude cuts the cake with current children whose parents attended the preschool: Oliver Minasian, Henry West, Christian Dipietrantonio, Tarek Brown, Sophia Yutronic, Eve Perkovic, Matilda West and Jasper Pene.

It's the preschool that Carole West built - and this week Wetherill Park Pre School celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The family business has seen more than 1100 children come through the doors since it opened on October 27, 1980. Such is its popularity, second-generation children whose parents attended back in the 80s and 90s are now coming to the centre.

Carole and her mum Anne have been there from the beginning and have been joined by Carole's daughter, Cassie (Early Childhood Teacher) and husband Allan (Administrator) as integral parts of the team.

Her dream of owning her own centre began in 1977 when she purchased a block of land in what was then a newly-released residential estate in Longfellow Street. Carole and her parents, uncle and aunty literally built the preschool from the ground up and by the time they opened, there were many families in the new estate in need of child care.

The first class in 1980. In the absence of a party, the centre sent all the families a power point presentation documenting its history plus four decades of class photos.

The first class in 1980. In the absence of a party, the centre sent all the families a power point presentation documenting its history plus four decades of class photos.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the centre was unable to host a party of past and present families and staff to mark the occasion. However, they celebrated the milestone with lots of fun activities for the children including face painting, a jumping castle, treasure hunt, magic show and showbags. The occasion coincided with the centre's Dress Up Week making it an extra special celebration.

The opening sign.

The opening sign.

"I want to thank all the families and educators who have supported the preschool over the decades and offer a big thank you to the current team of educators whose energy, enthusiasm and teamwork allow the centre to continue to delivery high quality child care," Carole said.

"Not only do we feel fortunate to have been able to have a career doing what we love, but feel doubly-blessed to have our children, grandchildren and, in Anne's case, great grandchildren attend the preschool."