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SSC Newspaper : July 2010
ADVERTISE Reach 30,000 customers -- contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Rosalie Batistoni Anonymous for cheaper child care Travels from Newington to Strathfield Stays in Strathfield ree-year-old Emerson loves her child care so much that her mum, Rosalie Batistoni, travels from Newington to Shiny Star Long Day Care in North Strath eld every day. "She loves it here," says Batistoni. "I did research other options, but this long day care best suited our needs. And when I told the ladies at work that I was pregnant they told me I had to come to this centre." Batistoni and her husband both work full-time so needed to nd a centre where they were comfortable leaving Emerson ve days a week. "My husband and I are very happy with Shiny Star. e sta are fantastic and professional. ey engage the children and give them the right balance of support, development and love. e cost is tough for everyone, but the reality is that my husband and I have to work full time and this is our best option." Her advice to other parents? "Take the time to nd a centre that will meet your needs and the needs of your children. Spend time with the carers and get involved." Price is not an issue for one Strath eld mum who pays just over $1 a day for private child care, thanks to Centrelink's JET Childcare assistance. e 27-year-old mother of a four- year-old boy, who asked not to be named, isn't aware of the rising cost of care. As a single mum and full time student, she is eligible for the federal government's Jobs, Education and Training fee assistance scheme. She has the freedom to choose her care regardless of price, as long as the centre is approved under the scheme. "I can take him where I want and don't even think about price. I am actually taking him out of his centre in Strath eld at the end of the year," she says. "I think Montessori will suit him be er. When I rst put my name down at Montessori it was full, with a waiting list. Now it's not. I am so lucky to be ge ing [the assistance]. I think parents are being forced to send their children to school too early because it's cheaper than early childcare. at becomes a big problem for kids' development." An on-site chef, take home meals, dry cleaning and ngerprint access. All this might read like a glossy brochure for an upmarket hotel, but these are just some of the ser vices available at Building Blocks, Strath eld's "six star" childcare centre. Building Blocks already has two centres in Sydney. e new Strath eld centre -- a 90-place, three-level long day care facility on Liverpool Road, South Strath eld -- is due to open next month. e state-of-the-art centre is equipped with CCTV and biometric access for the utmost security of the kids. Its educational program covers cognitive development and social, language, physical, and wellbeing skills. "Reaction has been extremely positive and we have only been advertising for about three weeks," says Peter Raue, the company's director of fun. Shalini Kumar, the manager of the new centre with 15 years' experience in child care, says the new Building Blocks facility sets new standards, both in terms of its facilities and range of educational programs. "Each child is unique and motivated di erently. Keeping this in my mind I always make sure that high quality care and the right kind of programming is provided to each and every child who a ends the centre," she says. " e Building Blocks environment is stimulating, positive, vibrant, challenging, safe, trusting and full of variety. "We are strong believers that parents are the rst teachers and play important part in the child's learning and development. Building Blocks encourages parent participation in the centre and works in a close partnership with the families and parents." Gianfranco Lassandro of Mascot who takes his daughter, Andrea, to the Building Blocks Centre in Alexandria is a big fan. "We love the nice and friendly environment," he says. " ere are lovely teachers and fresh food prepared every day, but the most important thing is that Andrea loves to go in the morning." Strathfeld Scene 9 "Take time to find a childcare centre that will meet your needs and the needs of your children. Spend time with the carers and get involved” – Rosalie Batistoni, Newtington mother THE BIG ISSUE www.ourstrathfeld.com e Hilton of the highchair comes to town Bugs found at homes A er that break-in, Cr Barron said he had installed security cameras and an alarm system to ensure that nothing like that ever happened again. Strath eld Deputy Mayor Keith Kwon said that it was "shocking" and a form of intimidation. "[It's shocking] a er all we went through in the past ve years, cleaning up the council," he said. "Cr Barron had worked really hard, in a joint e ort, cleaning up the council's image." However, Cr Kwon said he could not comment on the most recent claims. A council spokesperson told the Scene: "We can con rm two devices were located in two councillors residences, however no further comment can be made as the ma er is now under police investigation." Allen Barry, the executive director of risk management company, Barringtons, said it could take anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours to install the bugs depending on the level of sophistication. Barry, whose company has installed hundreds of the devices, mainly on behalf of corporations investigating employee fraud, said if it is going to be properly installed it takes some time to disguise the camera or device so that only a pinhole is visible. "It is worthless doing it if it is going to be found,'' said Barry. "We can con rm two devices were located in two councillors' residences." Shalini Kumar: "Parents are the rst teachers." ...continued from Pg 1