The children at Ellerman Child Care Centre in Dural celebrated Australia Day in a newly renovated Centre.

The Centre, which is known for teaching children life skills, including how to grow food and cook with healthy ingredients, has undergone a number of improvements, including the installation of a new roller door, windbreak roller curtains and Perspex fencing, as well as a fresh coat of paint to the interior of the building.

New fruit plants were also planted in the eco garden, including a guava and a banana tree, which the children can tend to, and eat and enjoy as part of their daily meals and snacks.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the upgrades make the childcare facility more modern, inclusive and accessible to parents and children.

“These works go a long way into making this much-loved centre a place where children can continue to learn and grow in a lovely rural setting,” said Mayor Byrne.

In February, solar panels will be installed.

Adding to the renovations, the children celebrated Australia Day with a sausage sizzle and a special Australian author themed storytime with Mayor Byrne.

Ellerman Child Care Centre is a not-for-profit service for children aged from six weeks to five years.

The Council owned Centre has a limited number of vacancies still available for 2021.

To make an enquiry, visit The Hills Shire Council website (www.thehills.nsw.gov.au), search for ‘Ellerman Child Care Centre – Dural’ in the search bar and complete the electronic vacancy enquiry form.

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