Published On 16 August 2019 at 10:50 AM

Children at Sutherland Shire Council’s Bradman Road Menai Early Education Centre have created a mini artistic masterpiece with the help of one very talented educator at the centre, Fran Caruana.

Fran, who is also an artist with an advanced diploma in fine arts, assisted the children over one week at the centre to create the large, layered canvas that measures 76cm x 76cm. Children from both the nursery and preschool age rooms worked on the creative project.

Sutherland Shire Mayor, Cr Carmelo Pesce said Fran is one of many Educators who bring additional qualifications and skills to Council’s 11 Early Education Centres.

“Each of our Educators have their own interests and talents that we incorporate into our programs to create a broad learning curriculum for the children,” he said. 

“Among our team is a first grade rugby player, a qualified lifeguard, swim instructors, a talented musician and environmental experts.

“They love building their diverse skills and talents into our programs and sharing them with the children to enhance learning experiences.”

Fran believes art is an important part of the learning program at Council’s services, as it provides a creative outlet for children to express their imagination.

“Children benefit from art in so many ways and are learning every step of the way,” she said.

“They improve their fine motor skills when they manipulate a paintbrush, learn the basics of math when they count colours and dabbling in science when mixing colours.

“Most importantly, creating a piece of art makes children feel good, gives them a sense of accomplishment and boosts their self-confidence.”

Local parents seeking childcare in a Council Early Education Centre or Family Day Care service in 2020 are encouraged to apply now through Council’s website

 “It’s the time of year when families often think about their future care needs and applying for care via Council’s website is a quick and simple process,” Mayor Pesce added.



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