Centre is back on track after fire

April 12, 2017

Bright open space: Children, parents and community members check out the new area of the centre.

Yay: Oliver and Ethan Curry help cut the red ribbon, with mum Anita Curry and staff member Kelly Leigh (left).

After a long wait, a local childcare centre has returned to full operations after a fire caused extensive damage to its roof.

Punt Road Kindergarten and Childcare Centre’s kitchen roof was damaged by a non-suspicious blaze from a fault in an exhaust fan on December 13.

Since the centre reopened on December 15, the children have been using empty classrooms at Cobram Community House as well as the playground, and also the outdoor playgrounds at their own centre.

While the fire damage was being repaired, the centre also decided to undertake extra building works, resulting in a renovated and modern nursery area and a new, separate sleep room with beds.

It was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 24, with children moving into the areas on the following Monday.

Punt Road Kindergarten and Childcare Centre manager Breanna Anthony said it was an exciting moment for staff and children.

‘‘It’s been a long four-month wait for our building to be finished,’’ Ms Anthony said.

She acknowledged the centre’s staff in helping make everything possible and Cobram Community House for the generous donation of their facilities for the centre’s students to use.

‘‘It’s been fantastic to have them so close, and to only be a yell away,’’ she said.

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