Scores of local young families flocked to Platypus Junction on Union Road in leafy Langwarrin. Parents, expectant mothers, children and babies attended two Open Days to have a look inside the newly constructed childcare centre and kindergarten.
Since the project began, interest amongst the locals has been high. The architecturally striking, purpose-built centre is centrally located near The Gateway Shopping Centre with easy access to Cranbourne-Frankston Road. The long-line, timber clad building with underground car-parking is surrounded by trees and play areas. And boasts a native garden designed by award-winning early childhood playground designer, Ruth Czermak of Botanical Traditions.
The natural learning environments provoked the imagination of the young visitors with the most popular activities being the sensory play spaces and endless open-ended resources. Many spent time in the sand pit and on the outdoor decks while others participated in activities including drawing, water play and construction. The on-site chef ensured tummies didn’t rumble with an array of samples from the menu – the lemon and ricotta muffins were the crowd favourite.
The Platypus Junction team were on-hand to answer questions and add families to the enquiry list. Expected to open officially in coming weeks, many families took the opportunity to get in early and enrol.
Platypus Junction business owners Dale and Julie Pearce have over 20 years’ experience in childcare and explained their new centre with passion, “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. For those who missed out on our Open Days, we welcome you to book a tour to come and have a look.”
Felicity Hall, the group business director shared the enthusiasm. She added, “It’s really exciting to open another new centre. 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 Centre includes a welcome area, kitchen and eight separate age grouped rooms.”
Judging from the crowd at the Open Days, the centre is set to be very popular and places will fill up quickly.
Pictured: Back (left-right): Benjamin Campbell (Assistant Director), Rebecca Ryan (Development Director), Jessica Grech (Assistant Director). Front (left-right): Lily James (Operations Director), Charlee Ridgway (Centre Director).