Croydon has a village-feel and a tight-knit community. And that’s what the locals love about it.
The suburb of Croydon has much to offer and now boasts a new state-of-the-art childcare centre. Platypus Junction Croydon has just opened its doors after months of excavating, construction, landscaping and interior design and decoration. It was purpose-built on Croydon Road, conveniently located across the road from Croydon Primary School with easy access to Croydon Train Station and Maroondah Highway.
Felicity Hall, the group business director explained, “It’s really exciting to open another new centre. The Croydon childcare centre has been designed around the Platypus Junction philosophy – to trigger imagination and engage curious minds.”
“We have open, airy and bright learning spaces, customised furniture and educational toys and activities that have all been individually selected to enhance children’s development, from babies to 4-year-old kindergarten.”
The childcare centre houses a welcome area, kitchen and six separate age grouped rooms within and around the beautifully refurbished, heritage hall. The simple Gothic, bungalow style, former Gifford Memorial Congregational Church was built in 1930, and is architecturally significant as the only building representative of the Gothic style in the municipality.
Rooms within the centre include the calm and colourful babies’ nursery, toddlers’ rooms with plenty of spaces to explore and have fun, and three and four-year-old kindergartens complete with art spaces, music areas, active learning spaces and quiet zones for exploring their language and quiet play.
A fantastic botanical adventure garden designed by the leading early learning playground designer, Ruth Czermak of Botanical Traditions is accessible from a number of rooms. And the toddlers’ rooms have their own exclusive garden with sandpit, secret paths and a giant xylophone.
A growing team of educators and teachers plus a qualified chef ensure all the needs of the children and families at the centre are met. Platypus Junction recognise how critical a child’s early years are in the establishment of resilience, self-esteem and a love of learning – all crucial to a successful start to school.
Unlike many childcare centres in the area, there is currently no waitlist, but that is sure to change soon with growing interest and immediate enrolments from tours. Platypus Junction business owners Dale and Julie Pearce have over 20 years’ experience in childcare. They believe, “This is the future of childcare. We’re raising the bar in this centre. It needs to be seen to get a sense of where we’re headed. We welcome families to the centre to come and have a look.”