Relief to Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s long-running childcare shortage is near with WBA Member, OTB Developments starting construction of a new 92-place early learning centre expected to be open by the end of 2021.
OTB is a boutique Development and Development Management company that specialises in quick service retail, fuel and childcare developments. They also offer development consultancy including property identification and acquisition, due diligence and development management services.
OTB Developments began construction of the childcare centre situated on Porter Street near to Kalgoorlie’s town centre, in January 2021, announcing the operator as Y WA.
Y’s WA Chief Executive, Ross Kyrwood said that skills shortages and recruitment would be the biggest challenge in opening the childcare centre. “We know there has been a demand issue for a while and we look forward to partnering with the community to achieve a win for them in terms of vacancy,” he said.
An Australia-wide recruitment campaign will begin in August, with expressions of interest for enrolments to be taken from the end of July, with the goal to open mid-November subject to regulatory approvals. Y WA General Manager of Children’s Services, Shae Welch, said the preferance would be to train locals to fill the positions, but a national recruitment strategy had proved successful in other regional towns where the Y was established. The centre will begin a staggered enrolment phase over a couple of months, starting with a small group of children and 12 educators, before growing to maximum staff of 25 in a three-month period.
Architecturally designed to “fit in” with surrounding buildings on the outside, the centre has been custom built with a modern learning environment inside. “The centre will be a beautiful, natural home-like environment where we can comfortably support children to have the best start in life and help prepare them for school,” Ms Welch said. “The environment will align with our childcare philosophy and the Y’s approach to learning, where the focus is on nature and encouraging a curiosity around learning.”
The team at OTB Developments recently opened their new fuel station in Morley and has other childcare centres in Brabham and Piara Waters which are about to commence construction. These will be completed in the second half of 2021. Development Approvals are also in progress for other projects which include service stations and childcare centres in the Perth Metropolitan area, set to be completed in 2022.
The directors of OTB Development are Stefan Piruk and Scott Ferguson. They work closely with Adalia owner by Mike Cameron who specialises in project structuring and finance, and Represent PM Ashley Stewart, specialist in construction and Project Management.
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