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New child-care facility opening in Bible Hill

Derik Gilroy is full of smiles as he crawls through play equipment at Bible Hill Play to Learn Child Care Centre. His father, Andrew, will be opening the facility in September.
Derik Gilroy is full of smiles as he crawls through play equipment at Bible Hill Play to Learn Child Care Centre. His father, Andrew, will be opening the facility in September.

BIBLE HILL, N.S. -  Andrew Gilroy can’t think of a better way to spend his work days than being surrounded by children.

Gilroy trained as a child-care worker and now he’s opening his own business in Bible Hill. The former Little Wonders centre will soon be the site of Bible Hill Play to Learn Child Care Centre.

“I worked here before and when it closed I started an after-school program,” he said. “When the building went up for sale I felt it was time to grow.”

Since purchasing the facility he’s been busy doing some repairs, cleaning and removing overgrown plants from the property. His proposal for the business has been approved and he’s just waiting for some last-minute details to be looked after.

The centre will open in September and has spaces for 57 children: 18 for those aged 18 months to three years, 24 preschool spots and 15 after-school spots. Some children are already registered.

The interior of the building was in very good condition so no major changes were needed but Gilroy has set things up with open areas that can be changed to reflect the children’s interests at any time.

Gilroy has three sons and his youngest, who is two, will be at the centre with him each day, while the other two will be there after school.

“I love being with my children each day and I find child development very interesting,” he said. “In a month they grow and learn so much.

“I love the job. Every day you see 50-plus children that are thrilled to see you. Who wouldn’t want to be greeted by dozens of smiling children?”

The centre can be reached at biblehillplaytolearn@outlook.com or 902-890-6903.

 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

 

 

 

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