Affinity Education Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Pitt Town Early Learning Centre, a 130-place childcare facility operating from a purpose-built centre in the heart of the Hawkesbury-river town.

Affinity CEO Tim Hickey said the group were extremely pleased with the potential of the new centre to provide high quality early education to families in the region.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to add a centre of such high quality and reputation to our portfolio,” Mr Hickey said.
“Pitt Town is a high-growth area with many new families, and we’re pleased to be able to provide this important service to the local community,” he said.

Mr Hickey said the Pitt Town ELC team would benefit from access to our leading-edge systems, process and training to ensure they continue to deliver exceptional early education experiences for local children, while benefitting staff and providing them with new career pathways.

Centre Manager Tori Robinson has been managing Pitt Town Early Learning Centre since 2015 and says her 25-member team were very excited to become part of the Affinity team.

“In our first week alone we have already experienced first-hand the benefits and support of joining Affinity, and feedback from our parents has been so positive,” Ms Robinson said.

Currently ranked as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Framework standards, Pitt Town Early Learning Centre operates 90 long day care and 40 out of school hours care places, and is located alongside Pitt Town Public School.

Ms Robinson has been local to Pitt Town for 30 years and led the team to their recent ‘Exceeding’ ranking, a huge feat for a relatively new centre.

“Our strengths definitely lay in our centre community – with educators such as Catherine Magazzu who has been with our centre for 12 years, and Louise Clancey, one of our Assistant Lead Educators who is also a skilled Auslan interpreter,” she said.

Yoga, Japanese language lessons, an in-house speech therapist, and a dedicated ‘special interests’ educator are among the other offerings at Pitt Town Early Learning Centre, which will now also offer Affinity’s research-based Lifelong Learning approach to children aged birth to twelve years.

The acquisition of Pitt Town ELC compliments Pitt Town Preschool, a 90-place centre which has been owned and operated by Affinity since 2013.

Both centres utilise Affinity’s exclusive Lifelong Learning approach to early years education, a research-based guide for educators focusing on four key outcomes: foundational learning, social connectivity, emotional confidence and physical health and wellbeing.

The Affinity Learning Academy, a dedicated internal educational experience network devoted to helping Affinity’s early childhood teachers, educators and Centre Manager to achieve fulfilling careers, will also be open to the Pitt Town ELC team.