(Photo: Mount Hutton Child Care Centre Director Tracee Burgess with the items purchased for children at her centre)

Resourcing childcare centres with limited funds is the greatest challenge for many providers.

Educational Experience opened its doors to two local, low socio-economic childcare centres and long-term customers to offer first pick of sale stock at heavily discounted prices before opening the doors to the public for a one-off two hour sale on Saturday, June 14th.

Furniture and educational resources worth an estimated $30,000 retail were sold considerably below cost price during the sale.

KU Windale Preschool Advanced Childcare Worker Emma Pritchard said the centre did not have access to a large amount of funds given their location in a low socio-economic area.

“This is a great opportunity to buy resources at discounted prices,” she said.

Ms Pritchard said the centre was interested in sustainable products and resources that supported the centres play-based learning philosophy.

“I am looking for hands-on, active or craft-based resources,” she said.

“We have many children with language delays so we try to find things that support their development.”

Mount Hutton Child Care Centre Director, Tracee Burgess, said the invitation was an invaluable opportunity to physically see and interact with the resources that are available to support children’s learning and development.

“It is one thing to see them in a catalogue but it is good to be able to come in and get a really good look at the resources,” she said.  

Ms Burgess said she was also sourcing natural materials to enhance sensory development and resources to improve the gross motor aspect of the centre, due to the limited outdoor space available at the facility.

“We have a lot of children with sensory development impairments and special needs, particularly autism. We are trying to introduce a natural theme into the centre to support our children’s development. I am looking for textured materials, like wood and hessian, to replace the plastic products,” she said.

“The kids will think it’s Christmas!”

KU Windale Preschool provide childcare services to 70 families with 28 children aged between 2-5 years attending the facility each day. Mount Hutton Child Care Centre is a not-for-profit, community based organisation caring for 46 children a day, aged 0-5 years, from 102 families.