“Every thinking person must realise that when this bitter strife is over, we must build a better world, and it’s only through children that this can be done.” Lady Zara Gowrie, 1941.
Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Lady Gowrie Child Centres in 1940 by Lady Zara Gowrie, the wife of the 10th Governor General.
In honour of our 75th anniversary, Gowrie NSW is launching ‘Gowrie NSW- celebrating 75 years’, a history book written by Associate Professor Frances Press and Dr Sandie Wong that is a celebration of the passion and commitment of all Gowrie educators, past and present.
Natalie Grenfell, Chief Executive Officer of Gowrie NSW, said over the decades our organisation has played a significant advocacy role and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality care for young children across the state.
“This book has been written to document our journey since founding, and to enable us to share how, over time, our organisation has changed from a single demonstration child research centre to managing and supporting a very diverse and dynamic range of programs for children, families and sector professionals across NSW and ACT,” Ms Grenfell said.
Our focus, from establishment in 1940, was on research and leadership, with a demonstration centre established at Erskineville. Though a very different organisation and much more diverse than it was in 1940, the continuing thread of providing quality care, standing by the children, families and communities is the 75 year legacy Gowrie NSW carries into its values today.
“Today, Gowrie NSW not only contributes to early and middle childhood in NSW but influences national conversations as a member of Gowrie Australia,” Ms Grenfell said.
The history book tells a story of change and adaption; including changes in name, funding sources, management, programs and clientele and how this dynamic organisation adapted and extended its programs to respond to the needs of families, especially those facing difficult circumstances.
To celebrate the launch of the history book Gowrie NSW is holding a book launch event at Swanson Hotel, Erskineville on 30 May 2016.
About Gowrie NSW
A leader in early childhood for 75 years, Gowrie NSW provides diverse child care, family support and professional development services. Gowrie creates happy, safe and nurturing experiences for children through quality education and care centres including:
Two early childhood centres within Sydney; Three outside school hours and vacation care centres; Specialist crèches that provide child care for newly arrived migrants undertaking AMEP English classes at partner institutions in the Illawarra and Hunter regions, under the Adult Migrant English Program; an early childhood centre in Mudgee and another centre to be opened in Dubbo by the end of 2016.
Gowrie NSW also provides professional development and consultancy services to the early childhood and middle childhood sector, information and referral services for families and early childhood professionals, and consultancy services to corporate organisations to help them meet the child care needs of their employees.
Gowrie NSW also receives federal funding to provide care for the children of those enrolled in the Adult Migrant English Program. Recognising the importance of supporting the whole family, Gowrie NSW runs a parent series to engage, inspire and inform parents, presents on early childhood to parents in corporations and is funded through the State government to run the Child and Family Information Line.