Children at Lismore Preschool have had their bathroom transformed thanks to a $12,990 donation from the ETC Community Support Fund that was used to kick-start the project.
Early Childhood Teacher Lynette Funnell said the renovated bathroom increased the privacy, safety and aesthetic of this space for the children.
“Our original bathroom was approximately 15 years old and was extremely outdated and aged, with old lino and fittings, no separation between toilets and was unable to effectively meet the growing needs of children accessing the service,” Ms Funnell said.
Following the renovation, the Preschool’s bathroom now has partitions, new tiling on the floor and walls, fresh paint, new toilets and basins, mirrors, lever taps to support small muscle manipulation, a wheelchair access toilet/basin, disability support rails as well as a nappy change space.
“It’s amazing what we’ve been able to do with the help of ETC and hard work on the preschool’s part. We now have a bright and beautiful space that is more inclusive and respectful for our children,” Ms Funnell said.
According to Lynette the new bathroom had further supported the Preschool’s inclusive and equitable philosophy of access for all children, no matter what their diverse requirements may be.
“Our service is highly respected and one of the first approached by many of the local family support agencies when they are looking for an Early Childhood Service for a vulnerable family,” Ms Funnell said.
“We work really closely with our local community, families and children to support them in whatever ways we can. We work hard to keep our fees low so Lismore Preschool is easily accessible by anyone in the community.”
Lismore Preschool is a community based non-profit centre catering for children aged from three years to school age. For more information you can contact the centre on 02 6621 5428.
ETC’s Deputy Chair Lorraine Penn said it was a pleasure to be able to support the Lismore Preschool.
“The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,” Ms Penn said.
“ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.”
ETC provides employment and training services in Lismore. If you need help finding a job, are looking for staff or are interested in up-skilling, contact ETC on 1800 007 400 or visit the ETC office in Lismore at 2 Carrington Street.