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   May 21

Red Gum Preschool officially opens doors

Aiden McCarthy and Deanna McCarthy tucking in to some cake. Photo: CHERYL BURKE HUNDREDS of Dubbo residents walked through the doors of Red Gum Childcare and Preschool on Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

After a busy four months of work, owners Nick and Danielle Sykes, along with director Deanna McCarthy and 20 other staff members, welcomed enrolled families and curious community members to view their hard work.

Located on 252-256 Fitzroy Street, the building was first built as the old private hospital.

Mr Sykes said the only thing that had been kept the same in the renovations, apart from the external walls, was the downstairs kitchen.

What was once a building which catered for the sick and injured, now offers five separate play rooms to its enrolments.

Mr Sykes said he and his wife were both thrilled with the turnout from the open day.

They were unable to place an exact number on visitors, but Mr Sykes said more than 200 bacon and egg rolls had been demolished by the crowd.

Mr Sykes said more than 50 enrolments out of the maximum 100 spots per day had been filled already.

The new facility will cater for children aged from six weeks to six years old.

Director Deanna McCarthy said a number of parents had expressed interest in enrolling their child at Red Gum during the open day.

“It’s been a great, family fun day for the community,” she said.

“I’m glad people have enjoyed peeking around the rooms and seeing what we have to offer.”

Staff members Sonya Bell and Amanda Brown said they were excited to officially start work on Monday.

“The set up of the place is what sets Red Gum apart from others in Dubbo,” Ms Bell said.

“Particularly the playground areas which cater for specific age groups.”

Ms Brown said she was pleased with the safety elements of the building.

“Everything has just been so well thought out,” she said.

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