Link between St Agnes Glen Huntly and Pinnacle hosted by church

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An Anglican church in Glen Huntly, a suburb of Melbourne, has welcomed a new supplier for an adjacent Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) facility, saying the new operator is “more willing to work with the ‘Church on projects’

St Agnes’ Glen Huntly has long shared its premises with a nursery, and new operator, Pinnacle Early Learning, works with the Church to strengthen community partnerships and ensure that shared facilities benefit both parties.

The ECEC facility was previously operated by what the Vicar of St. Agnes, the Reverend Dr Alexander Ross, described as “a very large undertaking”. The lease with Pinnacle began in July and includes not only shared use of the facilities, but also shared programs, explained Dr Ross.

St Agnes has undergone what the Reverend describes as “a great process” over the past three years to change operators. Under the new lease, the parish hall was converted with a complete renovation.

He said the daycare’s play area has been one of the most useful shared facilities stemming from the new agreement, which gives Pinnacle access to the church’s community garden.

“The church can also use the play area for children’s activities after hours and on weekends, so there is a real sense of partnership,” he said.

The daycare and church joined forces in November to host a community open house and community garden blessing.

“It was a wonderful day, a beautiful morning,” said Dr Ross The Melbourne Anglican.

“It was a symbol of the partnership between the two.”

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