The ‘Footsteps Child Care Centre’ inaugurated in Gharb
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The Footsteps Child Care Centre is Gharb has been inaugurated by the Minister for Gozo Giovanna Debono. The Centre accepts children up to three years of age and currently looks after up to 30 children from across the island.
The Centre was made possible through a project coordinated by the Gharb Local Council and financed by funds of €70,000 allocated by the Ministry for Gozo under the scheme for Gozitan Local Councils and Administrative Committees in the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012.
The Council said that “the Child Care Centre offers a warm, safe, nurturing environment for children up to the age of three. Each child’s individual needs are met with considerable attention by experienced and qualified people, providing constant care and supervision.
“The centre is air-conditioned and includes a Separate Baby Area (for children under the age of 12 months), Playing Area, Outdoor Playing Ground, Quiet Area / Book Area, etc. The Child Care Centre is licensed and approved both by the Malta Environment & Planning Authority and the Department of Social Welfare Standards and is in compliance with regulations stipulated in the National Standards for Child Day Care Facilities.”
Also present for the inauguration was the Mayor of Gharb, Mr David Apap and Victoria Sultana who runs the Centre. The Minister explained how this is another project by the Government offering services aimed at Gozitan families to enable them to have better a better balance between work, life and family and also helping those mothers who wish to return to the workplace.
The Minister announced that the Ministry for Gozo is working towards setting up a Centre for Child Development clsoe to the Gozo General Hospital, for which the building work is expected to start soon. “This Centre will not only offer the service of a day care centre, but will be well equipped to provide medical services, as well as other care for children outside the hospital.”
Footsteps Child Care Centre opens seven days a week from 7.30am to 5.00pm, it also offers an after-hours baby-sitting service.
Tghe Minister concluded by saying that Gharb has benefited from about € 100,000 in financial assistance for a number of other projects through eco-Gozo funding .These projects among others include the Gharb Rangers FC and ‘Vizitazzjoni’ Musical Society which benefitted from around € 12,000 for the installation of energy-saving lights, a water recycle system and double glazing.