Learning Kids Montessori Lithgow Child Care held its official opening on Saturday, January 9 to much fanfare.
It's the first such child care in Lithgow, with the Montessori way of teaching a core focus of the centre.
The Montessori method is a way of teaching that encourages independence, it views children as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive environment.
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Naresh Kumar and Deepmala Kaushik, the owners of the centre moved to Lithgow in 2015 and bought the former Masonic Hall in the same year.
The opening of the centre was the culmination of five years of work for the duo who worked hard to convert the old building into the centre.
"It was great, it was fantastic. Everyone had a good time. It was a very professional opening," Naresh said.
"It took us five years turning this building into the Montessori centre. It isn't just a child care, the kids will learn in a different way to prepare for school as well."
"It's been very positive, very, very positive," said Deepmala on the reaction from the community.
"Five years ago Lithgow was a bit quieter, but these days I can see it's very busy."
"It's the first ever Montessori centre in Lithgow. It was surprising, I got the Montessori material from a company in Queensland and the man from the company told me he was originally from Lithgow."
In attendance, among others, was Lithgow Council Mayor Ray Thompson, Deputy Mayor and Councillors Jamie from LJ Hooker who was MC.
Naresh and Deepmala wanted to thank everyone in the community for their support.
The centre is currently accepting registrations for 2020-2021 and beyond.