Open day for learning
A Maitland early education provider will throw open its doors on Saturday to show how fun and learning can be combined.
Begin Bright opened 18 months ago and has so far seen almost 100 children pass through its centre in The Levee, picking up the literacy, numeracy and social skills they need to start school.
According to literacy service Paint the Town REaD, more than 20 per cent of Australian children start school without the skills to make the most of the experience. Due to socioeconomic gaps, many communities see this at a much higher rate.
“Both my children have additional needs,” Begin Bright Maitland Director Melissa Dickson said.
“I saw my son slipping through the cracks and I thought ‘I’ve got to help’.
“We’re not here to make a million dollars – we’re here to help children.”
Ms Dickson said she hoped that by offering a free open day, Begin Bright could shake the perception that it was only a tutoring service.
“We’re a lot more than tutoring,” she said.
“Children need a lot more than literacy and numeracy to go to school.
“It’s however we can help a child get a strong start in life.”
The open day will be held from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, Novemeber 10. The centre can be found across from Michel’s Patisserie in The Levee and will include craft activities, face painting and a photobooth. Paint Maitland REaD mascot Macie Magpie will also be making an appearance.