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Little Para Community Childcare Centre

Address: 306 Waterloo Corner Road , Paralowie

Phone: 8258 9494

Contact Name: Chloe Bacon

Little Para Community Childcare Centre is a “not for profit” long day childcare centre. This means any monies made are put back into the centre and ultimately benefit the children.

The centre is licensed to care for up to 63 children, up to and including the age of six years and consists of three rooms; Babies, Toddlers and Kindergarten.  The centre opens at 6:30am Monday through to Friday and closes at 6:30pm.

Founded and built in 1975 by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters under the business name of Del Giglio Incorporated with a capital grants agreement from the Commonwealth Government on 13 January 1975, St Francis eventually opened its doors to the community in 1976.

“Giglio” (meaning The Lily in English) derives its name from Giglio Island, which is an Italian Island and Commune situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Tuscany.

On 23 July 1979 management of the centre was commenced by the Catholic Women’s League of South Australia Incorporated. This was due to the Franciscan Missionary Sisters being recalled to Italy and from this date the childcare centre operated under the name of “St Francis Childcare Centre”.

On 10 March 1988, the centre changed its name to “St Francis Community Children’s Centre Incorporated”, this name remained for nearly 3 decades until the leaders of the service in early 2017 recognised the community business title did not represent the community accurately nor the heritage of the original custodians of the surrounding lands.

The then community were given the opportunity to share their opinions to a potential name change and share thoughts of a title in which was respectful and represented them well.

After much community input the management settled on the suggestion of Little Para Community Childcare Centre. The reasoning for this choice was based on the aboriginal heritage of the surrounding lands and suburbs titles. The community centre is located in Paralowie which derives from two words ‘para’ meaning stream of water and ‘lowie’ meaning water. The boundary to the suburb Paralowie is the Little Para River which was a key source of life for the Aboriginal people of the lands.

On the 3rd of June 2017 the business name Little Para Community Childcare Centre was registered and continues to operate with the community’s best interest building and sustaining partnerships with families and children in the early years of life.

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