It was face paints and smiles all round for more than 100 children who flocked to the Two Wells Community Children’s Centre with their families on Friday, November 15, to celebrate 10 years of the service in the town.
Comprising both a childcare centre and a kindergarten, the centre first opened its doors in 2003 after many years of local families tirelessly campaigning.
The centre caters for children from six weeks to 12 years old, with before and after school and kindy care available, and a CAHYS nurse conducting fortnightly health checks.
More than 300 people in attendance were treated to a beautiful spring night, with a range of activities, including Bop ‘Til U Drop disco, jumping castle and face painting on hand to keep the youngsters amused, and a sausage sizzle and delicious cake stall making sure no-one was hungry.
The kindergarten children also entertained with a few familiar songs and dances, while silent auction of both goods and children’s artwork had many a parent and grandparent snapping up the creative work and range of goods on offer.
The highlight of this was a signed 2013 West Coast Eagles football gurnsey going to a loyal (and perhaps one of only a few in the state!) supporter.
TWCCC’s assistant director, Emily Stringer, said the festivities were a fabulous way for the centre to acknowledge the past decade and to share its growth with the wider community.
“It was a fun night for all the kids,” Emily said.
“They were able to access a variety of activities including Bop ‘Til U Drop disco, jumping castle, face painting as well as the centre’s facilities.
“The parents were also able to enjoy a concert put on by the children (and) it was great to see so many parents and grandparents attend.”
Emily said the silent auction was a big success with lots of support shown by those who attended and the night was very relaxed with a great vibe.
“It was a lovely way to celebrate the centre’s 10 years serving the community and we look forward to going from strength to strength.”
In recent years the outdoor area at the centre has been vastly improved, shades erected, the dividing fence between the kindergarten and childcare centre taken down and a specific, safe, and engaging baby garden area established for younger children. Numerous grants have also been won to improve resources, including an outdoor vegetable garden.
THANKS for your help – The centre thanks the following people for their valued support of the event: Member for Taylor, Leesa Vlahos, Balco Australia, Freightmaster, The Oilman Group, Drakes Foodland Gawler, Woolworths Virginia, Chemplus Two Wells, IGA Two Wells, Helium House Gawler, Virginia Meat Store, Two Wells Bakery, Krompuss Cakes, Dublin Fruit & Veg, Verdale Olive Estate, Bovalina Olive Oil, Two Wells Tavern, R&J Supplies Two Wells, Virginia Nursery, Bunnings, Virginia Meat Store, Two Wells Echo & Plains Producer, and Rae Wilson and Jo Spurling for their yummy cakes and slices.