Lollipop to merge with Lyons Early Childhood School by January 2024

After operating for almost 50 years, Woden Community Service (WCS) has made the very difficult decision to close the Lollipop Early Learning Centre by the end of 2023. Lollipop will merge with the Lyons Centre operating at the Lyons Early Childhood School.

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WCS CEO Jenny Kitchin says: “Despite operating the service at a financial loss for many years, we have stayed open due to our commitment to the children, families and staff. However, sadly we are no longer able to do this”.

The number of children attending Lollipop has decreased over time due to competition with new centres in the area. Due to its location parents also have difficulty dropping off and picking up children.

Jenny says: “With a large new development commencing right next door, access for parents and children will only become more difficult.”

The ACT government has been unable to find an alternate site to operate Lollipop.

Jenny says: “We will ensure all parents are offered a place for their child at the Lyons centre in 2024 as we want to minimise the disruption to everyone. We will also ensure staff are given every opportunity for redeployment.”

If you would like any additional information, please contact Jenny Kitchin, WCS CEO, on 04 48835369.

About Lollipop ELC

Operating for almost 50 years, Lollipop has been delivering early education and care to children aged from 6 weeks until 5 years. The centre prides itself in a unique
and culturally diverse service that thrives on its active participation in local
community events.

Situated in the heart of Woden Valley, children are able to participate in a program that offers a curriculum that fosters their individual needs as well as promoting over all well-being. Lollipop is currently rated meeting the National Quality Standards.

Related links:

‘End of an era’: Lollipop Early Learning Centre to be wound up after almost 50 years in community

Community-based service closes after 50 years – ‘the end of an era’