The Salvation Army Balga Early Learning Centre
The Fogarty Foundation has worked in the Balga-Girrawheen area for many years, supporting several schools through the Fogarty EDvance School Improvement Program.
The Salvation Army Balga Early Learning Centre is an affordable, family and community-focused, childcare provider. The centre and staff believe in play, education and people. Since July 2021, the Fogarty Foundation has provided funds to subsidise the childcare fees for vulnerable families. Families are offered a place in the Early Learning Centre for a timeframe that is supportive of the presenting vulnerability factors. Some families are supported for six weeks while other children have an ongoing place at the Centre.
The Fogarty Fund has enabled five children (aged 4 months to 5 years) to receive full time care (5 days per week, 7am – 6pm). This equates to a total of 275 hours of service delivered and provided to community families at no additional cost to the family budget.
The children and families have been able to fully access an early learning environment that is safe, nurturing, inclusive and developmentally attuned to the children’s individual needs for holistic wellbeing. Passionate, highly skilled educators have designed, implemented and evaluated play-based curricula that have promoted the children’s autonomous learning across all developmental domains.
The Fogarty Family believe that all young people deserve quality education and this begins with early learning opportunities which are vital for children’s development and school readiness.