Early Intervention Service welcomes new home

24 JUNE 1999

Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service will be officially welcomed into its new home tomorrow thanks to generous community support and a successful Commonwealth Government grant.

Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service (BECIS) will be officially welcomed into its new home tomorrow thanks to generous community support and a successful Commonwealth Government grant.

The BECIS, which has been operating since 1981 on the Bathurst Campus of Charles Sturt University, will officially open its newly constructed $400,000 building tomorrow afternoon.

The service currently assists 40 children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families from the Bathurst, Evans, Blayney and Oberon areas.

The modern facility includes a gross motor room with specialised equipment purpose built for the centre, a separate staff room, play room, multi-purpose room and much needed storage space. It was funded by a capital support grant from the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs.

BECIS director Ilma Grimmett said the new centre provides a much more adequate space for her small, dedicated team to serve their families.

"Family centred care is the main part of our philosophy and the new centre with separate working areas is a much more pleasant environment for us all."

"Our families are under a great deal of stress, so we try to provide an environment that is as much like a home and this new centre has been carefully planned with those ideals in mind. We even had the curtains specially made with hand and foot prints of the children which adds a very special touch," Ms Grimmett said.

Ms Grimmett said while the Commonwealth grant funded the construction of the building, generous support from several groups in the community has allowed them to purchase much needed new equipment.

The new BECIS centre, Building N15 (off Research Station Drive), CSU Bathurst Campus, will be officially opened by Bathurst Mayor Ian Macintosh at 2pm tomorrow, Friday 25 June.

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