The Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre expands Outside School Hours Care Program

Thursday 10th May 2018

The people of Clermont don’t describe their home as a mining town, but rather “a town with a mine in it.”

The historic town of Clermont sits in the Mackay Region of Central Queensland and is a major hub for the mining and agricultural industries in the region. The people of Clermont don’t describe their home as a mining town, but rather “a town with a mine in it” which provides a lovely insight into their community. Their town is not just about mining and farming, more importantly, it is about the people and the families that bring life to its streets.

Many of the parents in Clermont work in these big two industries which means that the Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre is crucial to making sure that children have a safe, educational and happy place to spend time during work hours.

The Centre is the only service in town that offers it’s 2,000 residents childcare and out of school hours care as well as kindergarten. The Centre provides long day care, after school and school holidays care for over 150 families with children aged 0-12 years, and employs 22 staff.  A not-for-profit organisation, it supports the curriculum on a shoe-string budget and through the good management of its volunteer Management Committee.

Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre Management Committee with Monsanto's Emma Brotherton

The Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre was awarded an Aussie Cotton Farmers Grow Communities grant in 2017 which was used to purchase a range of learning and technology resources for its Outside School Hours (OSH) Care Program. Educational toys such as small construction blocks, books and iPads support children learning about science, technology, engineering and maths and helps them complete their homework in the afternoon. Children from the OSH Program have teamed with educators and parents to establish the Centre’s first vegetable garden. The children who will spend time in the garden plan to sell the produce they grow, and in doing so develop life skills such as financial management.

Sally Crannage, President of the Committee said “our Centre provides care and education programs that are valued and relied upon by many different family dynamics, and through the support of our local Cotton Farmers and tbe cotton grant the Centre has been able to offer more places in the OSH care program meaning that more parents can work full-time, with the peace of mind of knowing their child is being well cared for and educated at the Centre.

Monsanto representative Emma Brotherton said Monsanto was delighted to support the organisation “the Clermont Kindergarten and Day Care Centre is an essential part of the Clermont community, enabling parents to start work each day with the confidence that their children are spending their days happily learning by doing. We look forward to seeing all the great veggies the kids grow,” Emma said.