We call on Inner West Council to preserve the legacy of Globe Wilkins Preschool and its commitment to the community by ensuring that the preschool inhabits the purpose-built infrastructure provided by the NSW Department of Education, when it is completed in 2021.
It is widely acknowledged that access to high quality education not only gives children the best start at school, but sets them up for the rest of their lives. Globe Wilkins Preschool sets the standard in high quality early childhood education. Based on site at Wilkins Public School for over 20 years, it is the only Council-run preschool in Sydney’s Inner West.
Globe Wilkins Preschool strives to create a fairer and more equitable playing field for everyone in the community. The Australian Refugee Council, Brighter Futures and Plumtree consistently refer families to Globe for guaranteed exceptional care and education.
Globe has the highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled across all Council Early Learning Centres and collaborates closely with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Globe promotes a culture which values and respects Indigenous children and families and has implemented a localised Aboriginal Preschool Language program, as well as employing Indigenous educators to reinforce a sense of cultural identity and provide a strong Aboriginal role model for Indigenous children.
Globe also has the highest number of children who experience a disability enrolled across all Council Early Learning Centres and the educators strive to eliminate the barriers that families and children face through the social construct of disability.
Furthermore, Globe Wilkins is the only Inner West preschool to receive the Australian Childcare Education and Care Quality Authority Excellence Rating, the highest rating a service can achieve. It is also the only preschool in Sydney to have received it more than once.
In 2018, the Globe Wilkins community was notified of the intention to dismantle the service, as the NSW Department of Education required the space it occupied for classrooms for the school. The families at Globe were outraged and swung into action, campaigning for both the Department of Education and Inner West Council to commit funding to save the preschool. Inner West Councillors and Mayor Darcy Byrne relentlessly pursued the Department to provide infrastructure, and the families at Globe and wider community kept up the pressure, with an extraordinary grass-roots campaign.
On the 25th of June 2019, Sarah Mitchell, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Education, announced plans to build a purpose-built preschool for Globe, adjacent to the current site. The children, educators, families and wider early childhood community were overjoyed.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Inner West Council needs to hear from any individuals who are in support of Globe’s future.
Find contact details of Councillors & administrators, as well as a template letter here.