There is a new player in town in the early learning space, with a second Trikki Kidz officially opening its doors in Cobram on April 5.
The opening night was attended by a number of Moira Shire council dignitaries, MPs Wendy Lovell and Tim McCurdy and local tradespeople involved in the build.
Educators and staff from Trikki Kidz’ Barooga and Cobram services, as well as family and close friends celebrated the opening after years of hard work had been put in place to see the centre become a reality.
According to business owner Trudy Brooks, a highlight of the evening was the unveiling of a street sign saying ‘Piazza Della Peppina’, naming the piazza dining area in memory of builder Libro Mustica’s mother Guiseppa (Peppina) Mustica, who passed away earlier this year.
Trikki Kidz is a purpose-built long day care centre which is licensed to cater for 110 children daily, aged between six weeks and five years.
The centre now has three rooms in use, but it is hoped that five rooms will be in operation down the track.
Mrs Brooks said that was always expected due to the timing of the opening, with many children already committed to other early learning programs.
For Mrs Brooks, opening a new centre was an idea that had always been in the pipeline.
‘‘For 11 years we have been at capacity in Barooga and opening a new centre in Cobram was always something we considered, but we were never quite sure if Cobram had the demand for it,’’ she said.
‘‘We created this centre with one eye on the future as we expect Cobram to grow and develop in the coming years.’’
Mrs Brooks said the ball got rolling for Trikki Kidz after a discussion with Mr Mustica, who decided he would love to build the ultra-modern centre.
Mrs Brooks said the community had welcomed Trikki Kidz with open arms.
‘‘The community has been great with its support,’’ she said.
‘‘The process to finish the project took two years to complete because of objections to the build, but we are pleased to be up and running now.
‘‘Families here know how tough it can be getting extra days for childcare, and a lot are pleased they can now avoid the commute to NSW every day.’’
Mrs Brooks said its design helped set Trikki Kidz apart from other childcare centres in the area.
‘‘The most outstanding feature is the piazza dining area. It allows for a separate room for the children to go and eat, meaning teachers and carers don’t have to pack everything up when it is lunchtime, which helps the flow of the day and improves the learning environment,’’ she said.
‘‘The other thing we pride ourselves on is sustainability.
‘‘When we were designing the centre, we wanted to make the outdoor environment as beautiful as the inside.’’
Trikki Kidz offers a kindergarten program with a qualified early childhood teacher.
It will also be offering an after-school and vacation care program in conjunction with Cobram Anglican Grammar School starting in Term 2.
For more information, visit the Trikki Kidz Early Learning Group’s website at www.trikkikidz.com.au