Why This Clovelly Mum Keeps Her Kids In Early Education Despite the Pandemic

A few kids attending the Clovelly Child Care Centre on Arden Street are moving up the preschool group for this latest school term. However, a drop in preschool enrolments in New South Wales have had government officials concerned as parents shift to a work-from-home set up amidst the pandemic.

Clovelly mum Odette Grabinski is one of the thousands of parents who have transitioned to working from home but she’s still sending her young children to the Clovelly Child Care Centre to prepare them for actual schooling.

Ms Grabinski has a 3-year-old son in the preschool group and a younger child in the early education program. She believes that enlisting her kids at the centre will help with their social development and stabilise a structure that will build their confidence.

Besides the learning and the child-minding, a preschool or childcare environment will give her kids a new social setting where they could develop life skills. 

The centre receives support from the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission, which helps out children of unemployed adults, people with a disability or chronic illness, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, migrants and refugees and financially disadvantaged parents. 

Clovelly Child Care Centre also honors the free preschool grant extended to families with children attending a community preschool, which was launched at the height of the pandemic crisis in April 2020. 

The NSW Government has set aside $120 million to fund the free preschool program, which has been extended until the end of 2021.  

“This is a $120 million investment in our future, which will remove a layer of financial pressure for many families during this uncertain time. It will also help support more than 7,400 early childhood educators and teachers in their vital roles,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said. “This could save families more than $2000 per-year per-child and will ease the cost of living pressures and help balance work and family life.” 

Photo Credit: Clovelly Child Care Centre

However, attendance in early education facilities has dwindled in 2020, especially between March to June. The first school term for 2021 also saw a two percent drop in enrolment compared to last year, completely reversing the trend that usually sees preschool enrolments increasing.  

Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said that it’s understandable for families to consider homeschooling during this uncertain period but she also reminded parents of the proven benefits of early education.  

Apart from developing social and communication skills, children attending these centres can be properly monitored and referred to speech pathologists and occupational therapists. The children also gain access to health screenings from NSW Health. 

Clovelly Bowling Club Ranked as 2020’s #1 Bowls Club in NSW

Clovelly Bowling Club ranked as the best bowls club in NSW and the third-best across the country in a recently concluded survey for the Wotif 2020 Uniquely Aussie Awards. The bowls club is one of only three from the NSW to make it on the list. 

Built around the 1940s, the Clovelly Bowling Club‘s biggest draw that’s hard to beat is its gorgeous and picturesque 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean.  

“It’s an absolutely stunning world-class view,” Brian Bagshaw, the president of the bowlo said. 

Photo Credit: Alan Chen/Google Maps

The drinks served at the bar are very competitive and comes with a selection of beers, wines, spirits and mixers. The bar is licensed to operate until 10:0 p.m. 

Members usually come around the bowlo for some games and drinks, whilst some fire up the self-service BBQ to grill meat to share among themselves.

Photo Credit: Osvaldo Picon Viega/Google Maps

Here’s the complete ranking of the Top 10 Best Bowls Club in Australia:

  • WINNER: Merthyr Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
  • 2 – Chermside Bowls Club, Chermside, QLD
  • 3 – Clovelly Bowling Club, Clovelly, NSW
  • 4 – Broadbeach Bowls Club, Broadbeach, QLD
  • 5 – Moama Bowling Club, Moama, NSW
  • 6 – The Greens North Sydney, North Sydney, NSW
  • 7 – Mooloolaba Bowls Club, Mooloolaba, QLD
  • 8 – Burleigh Heads Bowls Club, Burleigh Heads, QLD
  • 9 – Torquay Bowls Club, Torquay, VIC
  • 10 – Club Kawana, Wurtulla, QLD

According to Wotif Managing Director Daniel Finch, more locals are relearning to love their community bowls club amid the pandemic restrictions at bars and restaurants. These community hubs received thousands of votes in Wotiff’s yearly survey, proving that bowls clubs deserve to be in the spotlight. 

The travel website conducted a survey to encourage domestic travel across the country. Wotif learned that 70 percent of Australians are looking forward to taking a road trip to discover local gems whilst 90 percent believe that everyone should do their bit to save the tourism industry and small business. 

“An excellent bowling club. Excellent view. Located along the coastal walk between Bronte and Clovelly. Friendly staff. Very clean. Lawn bowls and barefoot bowls available here. Bar service here. No bistro – but they sell meat pies and some other food over the counter. COVID-safe policies have been implanted here. Extremely large air-conditioned ballroom – perfect to hire for any function – the ballroom has its own kitchen. #clovelly”

Brenden Wood, Google Reviews

“Lovely little bowlo with great views out over the ocean. Go there for a cheap beer or a bite to eat, and try to catch the monthly Starfish musical gigs.”

Simon Proudman, Google Reviews

“What a great place. Amazing views, great value for money and most of all the people working here provided us great service and even took the time to give us a quick bowling lesson.”

Jamie Haffey, Google Reviews