Madeleine Morris was just six-months-old when she featured in a newspaper article for being one of the first children to attend Corrimal Community Preschool.
On Tuesday she joined past and present preschoolers and long-serving staff in celebrating the 30th birthday of the Big Fat Smile preschool in Short Street.
‘’I was one of the first children enrolled here and now my children [Ella and Audrey] are also here. It’s great to be here on this special day,’’ Mrs Morris said.
‘’I love it here. My parents, brother and I still speak fondly of our days at preschool, and I look forward to doing the same with my girls.’’
Recently installed Big Fat Smile CEO David Campbell was also on hand to celebrate the milestone.
Mr Campbell was also involved in the grand opening festivities of the centre 30 years earlier, in his capacity as a political staffer for Cunningham MP Stephen Martin.
‘’I was here at the opening day and while over the years the structure of the centre has stayed the same, the program has changed and there is a much greater emphasis on play-based learning,’’ he said.
‘’The 30-year milestone for the Corrimal Community Preschool demonstrates both the affection the local community has for the centre and our long-term commitment to the community and its families.
‘’Quality is central to everything we do and we look forward to continuing to deliver this quality care at the Corrimal Community Preschool for another 30 years to come.’’
Big Fat Smile inclusion agency manager Gloria Dalla Valle worked at Corrimal Community Centre when it opened in 1986.
She said the preschool has welcomed and nurtured generations of local families through the delivery of exceptional family-centred child care.
‘’The best part of my time at Corrimal Community Preschool was working with a dedicated, passionate team. From the very beginning we had a long wait-list of families wanting a place at the centre, demonstrating the great reputation the service had and still maintains today,’’ Ms Dalla Valle said.