The children who attend Cessnock Multipurpose Childrens Centre are reaping the benefits of their brand new Tech Zone after receiving a $16,330 grant under the Stronger Communities Grants Program.
Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon visited the Centre to congratulate its team on its successful grant application and to see firsthand how the new space and equipment is being enjoyed by local young people who attend the education and care facility.
The refurbished Tech Zone enables more children to be involved with technology and media with the investment allowing for the purchase of new lap tops, i-pads a charging station, keyboards, speakers, headphones, and robotics.
Funds were also used to purchase purpose built childrens furniture for the area which is designed to suit the needs, ages, sizes and learning styles of a range of children.
Seeing the children interacting with each other in the Tech Zone was a great thing, Mr Fitzgibbon said.
Our next generation of children are using technology in such a positive way to learn, experiment and grow.
Its clear that the investment in Cessnock Multipurpose Childrens Centres new equipment has created a vibrant and inclusive learning space for children of all ages.
The Centres staff say the new Tech Zone has contributed to increased exploration, collaboration and problem solving skills with more children developing their confidence, curiosity, persistence, imagination and creativity.
The modern and purpose designed Tech Zone enhances the quality of education and care provided and enables further expansion of services in the future, the Centres Business Operations Manager, Paul Turner said.
The social and educational platform provided for children will give our next generations the best possible opportunity for harmony and inclusion within the community, Mr Turner said.
Our new Tech Zone is challenging the childrens thinking and problem solving capabilities, Nicole Morris, Director of Cessnock Multipurpose Childrens Centre added.
Technology facilitates a positive approach to learning for the children, they can discover for themselves the links between technology, creativity and it gives them social independence.
The Cessnock Multipurpose Childrens Centre is a community based education and child care centre that caters for up to 90 children aged 6 weeks to 6 years each day in addition to 60 children aged 6-12 years attending out of school hours care (OOSH).