Defence Family Matters : May 2017
DFMMay2017 27 PLAY ON, DEFENCE KIDS! This year, children's services at RAAF Williamtown MOVED AWAY FROM THEIR LONG-TERM HOME on the base and out into the communities that use them. M oving to a new facility has been a big change, but it hasn’t stopped Defence families with young children in the Hunter region continuing to connect and learn through play! “Families are now enjoying the same welcoming atmosphere in a larger room that has plenty of extra space for outdoor play.” Melanie visited the group at their new location and was impressed with how well everyone has adapted to the new facility and the changes. “Committee members are really embracing the move and are focused on helping Defence families to establish strong community links, all while the kids are just having fun!” Williamtown’s Mission Australia Early Learning childcare centre and pre-school opened in their temporary facility in Raymond Terrace in January 2017, ready for the school year. The childcare centre, pre-school and playgroup will all eventually be together when the permanent, purpose-built children’s services facility is completed at Medowie. Williamtown Playgroup is for Defence parents and carers with children aged up to five years old. It’s a safe, fun and relaxed environment where everyone is made to feel welcome, Tuesday and Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm. n williamtownplaygroup@ hotmail.com ALEX DEVALENTIN Children enjoy their free play at Williamtown Playgroup. Photos used with permission. Defence Community Organisation’s team in the Hunter worked closely with RAAF Williamtown Playgroup to locate to a new facility where the group could continue to provide services to Defence families in the region. Family Liaison Officer, Melanie Kirkpatrick, said that after visiting various locations to assess suitability for families, the playgroup chose to relocate to Ferodale Oval, Medowie. “Playgroup is now in its second term and the relocation certainly hasn’t affected their enrolment numbers with more than 50 kids and carers attending last week,” she said.