Werris Creek

Centre Overview:

Werris Creek and District Preschool is a community based service, whose core values and philosophy revolve around the concept that play is children’s work, and that children learn through play and children and educators learn from each other through child led interest based programs. Children are therefore capable and competent.


Location:

Werris Creek has a population of approximately 1,800 and is nestled in the Liverpool Plains, 35 mins south of Tamworth. Werris Creek established itself as the largest railway town outside metro areas many years ago but also has a rich agricultural heritage. Crops grown in the area include wheat, cotton, sunflowers, maize and sorghum with cattle and sheep as the main grazing animals. Mining has recently also become an industry within the community.


History:

Werris Creek and District Preschool was established in 1982 in a disused railway building. The community saw the importance of a purpose built preschool on its own site so many grant applications were submitted along with endless fundraising. In 1991 the Werris Creek and District purpose built preschool was opened and has been well attended since then. In addition to this preschool, Werris Creek and District preschool also operate an outreach service at Currabubula 2 days per week


Facts and Figures:

  • Currently (March 2011) 6 families have identified as ATSI
  • Low Income: 10  
  • Developmental delay/disorders: 11 ( only 2 attract funding)
  • Overall enrolments are 31.
  • This service is licensed for 20 children, 5 days per week