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Our Team – Updated – 5 February 2014
The Our Team page has been updated with details of all the current staff at Janelle Street Centre.
Centre History – How It All Began
About a decade ago the property which once housed the projection room and food outlet of the Tamworth drive-in theatre was donated to the church. For a few years the building and block was left idle until the church decided how to develop it.
About eight years ago a development committee was formed and with the encouragement of our then pastor, Rev. Andrew Coburn, the committee set about its task.
The church had already decided that whatever activity was to occur on the block it was to be a means of outreach to the community, would not duplicate any existing ministry, and was to meet an identified need within our community.
Eventually the development committee proposed that a long day child care facility should be built and the church members agreed. A business plan had to be developed and financial arrangements to pay for the building had to be made. Then began the long task of planning the design of the building, having the plans drawn up, negotiating with numerous local, State, and Federal authorities, and ensuring that the building complied with the requirements of the Department of Community Services.
Prior to the commencement of building the old projection house building had to be demolished and the site cleared. Then, with everything in place the committee was able to call for tenders to erect the centre. The successful tenderer was M. & L. Single Builders, who commenced work just before Christmas 2009. Apart from two weeks delay due to wet weather construction went to plan and the building was handed over to Tamworth Baptist Child Care Services Limited in September 2010 for completion of grounds and external fencing.
Excitement continued to build as we approached completion, which occurred with the willing assistance of many church members who gave their time freely to ensure we could apply for our licence. Our licence to operate was granted on 4th January 2011 with the centre opening its door to children on 10th January, 2011.
In November, 2010 we appointed our director, and four other staff were added in January, 2011. From then on we were occupied with furnishing the building, installing computer and telephone systems, building shelving, and setting up other required services.
Our official opening was held on Saturday, 12th March before an audience of over eighty people. Our client numbers have been increasing each week so we have added further staff members, now totalling seven full-time and part-time staff and more are to follow.
Throughout the whole period the development committee and the Board have sensed God’s leading as each domino fell into place and we praise Him for His faithfulness and His provision in all that has so far occurred. We anticipate future blessings on the work and know that it only remains for us to be faithful to ensure future success as we train up the precious children who come into our care.
April 13, 2011
What our local Newspaper says about us
Entrusting the care of your children to someone else is never easy for any parent and finding trained, caring professionals to leave them with can be even harder.
Tamworth has an alternative that is helping to make this a little easier for parents and carers.
In a quiet South Tamworth street, you will now find Janelle Street Centre which is owned by the Tamworth Baptist Church and operated by a board of management.
The centre’s location is convenient for parents dropping off children before and collecting them after work. It is far enough away from main Tamworth thoroughfares to be clear of traffic but close enough to be only a small diversion from the direct route to where you need to be.
Janelle Street Centre is a long-day child care and pre-school centre that opened for the first time on January 10 this year. It can cater for up to 72 children from six weeks to five years old. The facilities are clean, fresh and provide a safe environment for your child. The staff and the board of management understand and take their responsibility of caring for your children very seriously.
“We value the trust placed in the staff of the centre and see our role as a complementary and equipping partnership with families for the ultimate well-being of the children,” chairman of the board Dr Raymond Dart said.
Parents and carers are welcome to visit and inspect the facilities.
The centre can be contacted on 6762 8452 or turn off Hillvue Road into Bryan Street, then take the first left into Janelle Street The staff are more than happy to chat and help you find out what they can do to help you out of your childcare worries.
Courtesy: The Northern Daily Leader