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Helping our little learners through COVID-19

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Early learning and childcare workers are some of the pandemic’s unsung heroes, continuing to provide care, support and consistency to our youngest residents. Early learning centres across Frankston City, including Council-run Mahogany Rise Child and Family Centre, have helped essential workers to continue providing vital services to the community.

Staff from Mahogany Rise are among those to be commended for their outstanding response to the constantly changing early years’ environment.

"The staff has shown strength in their ability to be flexible and versatile, to continue to deliver a safe and high quality education and care program to families," said Mahogany Rise Team Leader, Debra Everitt.

Staff are also maintaining phone contact and providing remote learning opportunities with families not currently attending the centre.

Similarly Council’s Supported Playgroups and New Parent Groups, which moved online in March, have continued to innovate and provide support for local families of young children, who are especially vulnerable during ongoing restrictions.

One mum who has been a regular to the new Supported Playgroups Facebook page said, "Whether it's a story, songs or activities my 3-year-old daughter is excited to see familiar faces and loves to participate by singing or dancing. Most importantly it's helped us keep a routine and given us things to look forward to. It's helped vastly to keep things a bit more ‘normal’."

For information on Supported Playgroups contact Council’s Playgroup Development Officer. Phone: 9293 7156 or email:

To enrol in a 2021 kinder program visit:


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