Milestone for kinder

Keryn Bowes and Eileen Gardner celebrate Cooraminta's 30th anniversary with the children. (Damjan Janevski) 235648_01

Goya Dmytryshchak

Cooraminta Children’s Centre on Saturday celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The centre is one of the largest community-based early years’ services in Hobsons Bay with more than 300 families attending the Altona Meadows and Laverton campuses.

Director Eileen Gardner and educational leader Keryn Bowes celebrated 30 years of service at the Altona Meadows centre.

“With the roll-out of funded sessional kindergarten for all three-year old’s in 2022 and the continued funding for four-year olds, it’s wonderful to celebrate a huge milestone for one of our local kindergartens,” Ms Gardner said.

“We love to meet up with the children or their families well after they have moved on to school and catch-up with their adventures.

“We have had teachers, nurses, accountants, researchers, musicians, artists, police, parents, bankers, carers and travellers – we could go on.”

Ms Bowes said every minute of the past 30 years spent educating and preparing the children for their life journey had been worth it for the pair.

“It’s the relationships that are built with the families, committee, fellow team members and the thousands of amazing children who have attended that we will always remember,” she said.

“It has been a privilege to be involved in the children’s educational journey as we encourage them to become confident and independent children with curiosity and a love of learning.

“We are proud of the achievements of every single child who has spent time with us, as we played, shared ideas, learnt together, laughed, sang songs and had wonderful conversations, each child has also taught us something and enriched our lives.”