Bruce Rock Day Care Centre joins REED

Bruce Rock Day Care Centre has become the latest Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Centre to join the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED). 

This addition follows on from Child Care Centres in Corrigin, Merredin, Brookton, Yilgarn, Wundowie and Darkan who have all joined the not-for-profit service in the past seven months. 

 REED offers a new cluster model of management to provide ECEC services across the Wheatbelt, working to reduce the burden on local Committees and Shires to provide these vital community services.

 The 15 place Centre located at 3 Bean Road Bruce Rock has been operating for more than 10 years and offers long day care for ages six months – pre-school children five days a week.  It also provides after-school and vacation care. The Centre has one full time employee, two permanent part time and two casuals working there.

Ms Gerri Hatton, Coordinator at Bruce Rock Day Care Centre said that ‘by joining REED our staff will get more support, and have access to greater professional development.  It will also help with the Centre programming and policy development – which has been challenging in the past.

We have just employed one of our casual staff, a recent high school graduate, as part of the REED traineeship program, which we would not have been able to do ourselves and are thrilled to be able to offer them this opportunity.’

The Centre will now be known as REED Bruce Rock.

 REED was officially launched by Minister Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services in Narrogin in March 2018.

 The State Government and Lotterywest have funded REED in the establishment phase.  The head office is located in Narrogin and REED Cluster Managers service South, East and West locations in the Wheatbelt. 

 Over the next 18 months, additional Wheatbelt ECEC services in towns are expected to merge with REED.