ACT Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Community Services and Facilities, Roads and City Services, Chris Steel MLA, honoured the Jewish Community with a visit to Chabad ACT HQ and Gan Yisroel Community and Childcare Centre last week.
The Minister was given a tour of the centre and interacted with the children and staff. Following the tour, the Minister enjoyed a Kosher morning tea meeting with the Rabbi and senior community representatives.
After the visit the Minister wrote: “I would like to thank Chabad ACT for the privilege of visiting the Gan Yisroel preschool.
Over the course of my career I’ve visited many early childhood centres across Australia and Gan Yisroel stands out for its commitment to supporting a diversity of children in such a welcoming environment.
Quality early childhood services like Gan Yisroel are giving children vital early learning experiences that boost their development well into schooling.
Thank you to Rabbi Shmueli Feldman and the early childhood educators at Gan Yisroel for giving the children in our community the best start.”
Rabbi Shmueli Feldman, Chairman of Chabad ACT and Director of Gan Yisroel Community and Childcare Centre said: “We are grateful for the Minister’s visit and subsequent gracious message. We value Minister Steel’s ongoing friendship and support for our Jewish Community and bless him with continued success in his work”.
The Minister’s visit came a month after a routine full Government audit of compliance at Canberra and Region’s only Jewish Early Learning Centre. The ACT Department of Education’s auditor completed the extensive inspection and reported: “It was great to see the centre expanding and improving continuously in all aspects. I am pleased that the centre has maintained a high level of compliance since the last audit.”