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Educators (l-r) Genevieve Smith, Deena Macadam, Kayla Rainbow, Storm McKittrick and Tracy Campbell with some of the children who attend Copmanhurst Pre-School celebrating Early Childhood Educators Day. Image: Contributed

Copmanhurst Pre-School celebrate their educators and success

It’s been another busy week at Copmanhurst Pre-School as they took part in celebrating both Education Week as well as Early Childhood Educator’s Day on Wednesday September 4.

Copmanhurst Pre-School has flourished over the last two years to reaching its full capacity of 20 children each day. Nominated supervisor Genevieve Smith said, “The dedication of the staff and the love they have for educating the children and building relationships with families has been the cornerstone of our thriving centre.”

The children enjoy a variety of educational and choice based activities each day and often have visits from community members, in particular they were delighted to have Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons and his wife Lexie attend the service on Thursday September 5 for a morning brunch and tour of the service. The children enjoyed using Auslan sign language while singing ‘I am, you are, we are Australian’ and some Indigenous songs to welcome them to their beautiful preschool.

“We have also been lucky enough to have some upgrades done to our outside play area, including our large wooden boat where the children can often be found exploring and interacting together in imaginative play,” said Carla Conway, from ALRAC Consulting Services who has worked with the service on their path to quality improvement. The children certainly enthusiastically enjoy their environment and the time they get to spend with their educators…evident from their smiling, happy faces.

Clarence Valley mayor Jim Simmons and his wife Lexie with the staff and children of Copmanhurst Pre-School posing in their new wooden boat. Image: Contributed
The children and staff using Auslan sign language to sing ‘I am, you are, we are Australian’ for Clarence Valley major Jim Simmons and his wife Lexie. Image: Contributed
Clarence Valley Mayor Jim Simmons talking with the children about the local Aboriginal nations before enjoying morning tea. Image: Contributed