At the Worldview Playcentre of course!
The Playcentre, Worldview’s daycare facility, makes it possible for both Mum and Dad to study and train for long-term cross-cultural service. What a fun, colourful and dynamic place it is too.
“The Playcentre is a gem of Worldview. Having this childcare facility is such a big gift for student parents.”
This comment from one parent speaks to the privilege of having such a facility. Another parent said: “We would not have come to study if it wasn’t for the Playcentre.” While providing childcare for students the Playcentre also frees up staff parents who are involved in the training program.
Each day’s program is varied and makes for good preparation for attending school. One unique feature is access to the Worldview farm for walks and up close experiences of nature, like harvesting and animals. Lambing and calving season is particularly popular.
Excursions are memorable, whether it be a bus trip to the museum or out to Agfest, Tasmania’s premier rural exhibition, where children are fascinated by the sheep dogs and farm machinery displays.
Birthdays are a wonderful way to celebrate each child and to express what it is to be part of a loving community. As Worldview is a multi-cultural community the children experience more of God’s big multi-lingual world, with Aussie kids coming out with words like “Hajimar”, which in Korean means STOP!
Susan Priddle, a trained teacher and Worldview graduate herself, has been the manager for over 40 years. She says that it is a real thrill to track graduates who move out to serve overseas, and even more thrilling when their children come back to Worldview as students.
Sue sees her role as enabling students to train in order to go, in obedience to the Great Commission. Parents are able to focus on their study, knowing that their children are cared for in a loving, Christian environment.
Sue is also conscious that these children are the church leaders of the future, knowing God works in their lives from a young age. She develops strong relationships with parents, listening and encouraging them in the demands of juggling study and family responsibilities. Many parents have learnt tips and skills from the ways in which the Playcentre is organised, boundaries are set and routines developed.
Sue is assisted by volunteers from other countries and the Launceston community. The children grow very attached to these significant adults who lavish them with attention. Ultimately saying goodbye to volunteers and friends is difficult, but this is a reality of missionary life.
Sue says that the most popular feature of the Playcentre is the sand-pit and that Duplo is a worthwhile investment. While many things have changed over the years, the need for quality childcare hasn’t. No-one doubts the value of the Playcentre. Parents love it most of all.