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The North Belconnen Community Association Incorporated (NBCA) provides Early Childhood Education and Care at two locations (Cooinda/Charnwood and Flynn) as well as Administration Support throughout Canberra for other Early Education and Care Services.

The NBCA is managed by a team of staff in conjunction with an elected voluntary Management Committee. NBCA is a not for profit Community Association, incorporated in the ACT under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (AIA).

History

In November 1975, members of the Community met to discuss the shortage of Occasional Care in the North Belconnen area.

A co-op of Mothers then formed providing childcare at the Tillyard Community Hall.

Then in January 1977, the North Belconnen Community Childcare Association was formed to provide Occasional care for children. An extension was then built at the rear of the Tillyard Community Hall by the National Capital Development Commission.

The association expanded with the construction of Charnwood Neighbourhood Centre at the main Charnwood Shopping Centre and the Tillyard Community Hall and occasional care Centre at the rear of the hall was renamed as Alkira (which means bright and cheerful place).

Eventually Alkira and another community service (Gumnut at Evatt School) merged and re-opened at the old Flynn Primary school.

Today the NBCA operates both Cooinda Cottage at the Charnwood Shopping Centre and Flynn Early Childhood Education Centre (from the previous Flynn Primary school). The current Flynn ECEC even has two of its rooms named Alkira and Gumnut as homage to the centres history. 

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Tillyard Community Hall

CEO

Tim Kapustin

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Kapustin was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the NBCA in early 2020.

Whilst Tim has been involved in a variety of industries, the majority of his experience has been involved in the Disability sector, in particular working with children, so the understanding of early intervention and child education is a passion of Tim’s.

Contact Tim on 6242 5004 or via email.  

Connect with Tim via LinkedIn

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Management Committee

The NBCA Management Committee members represent a broad base of early childhood educators, advocates and caregivers of young children.

Committee members are voted in at each Annual General Meeting or recruited throughout the year as required.

The Management Committee also consists of a four person Executive Committee made up of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

The Executive Committee works closely with the CEO to help govern and manage the direction of the NBCA.

If you are interested in joining the Management Committee please contact Tim Kapustin

on (02) 62425004.

2020/2021 Committee Members

President 

Vice President 

Treasurer 

Secretary / Public Officer  

CEO 

Office Manager (Administration) 

Director (Cooinda Cottage)  

Director (Flynn ECEC)  

General Member  

General Member 

General Member 

General Member 

General Member 

General Member 

General Member 

General Member

General Member

Ken Gilchrist

Jess Tarbuck

Tim Hart

Siobhan Gibbons

Tim Kapustin

Sally Ruecroft

Molly Rhodin

Natasha Bunter

Ashleigh McCarthy

Aurora Lukass

Julia Knight

Michelle Mant

Rebecca Stones

Chiara Del Gigante

Tenille Hands

Trish Evans

Sheena Wijnberg

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Annual Report

North Belconnen Community Association Inc. 2019 -2020 Annual Report

 

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History

In November 1975, members of the Community met to discuss the shortage of Occasional Care in the North Belconnen area.

A co-op of Mothers then formed providing childcare at the Tillyard Community Hall.

Then in January 1977, the North Belconnen Community Childcare Association was formed to provide Occasional care for children. An extension was then built at the rear of the Tillyard Community Hall by the National Capital Development Commission.

The association expanded with the construction of Charnwood Neighbourhood Centre at the main Charnwood Shopping Centre and the Tillyard Community Hall and occasional care Centre at the rear of the hall was renamed as Alkira (which means bright and cheerful place).

Eventually Alkira and another community service (Gumnut at Evatt School) merged and re-opened at the old Flynn Primary school.

Today the NBCA operates both Cooinda Cottage at the Charnwood Shopping Centre and Flynn Early Childhood Education Centre (from the previous Flynn Primary school). The current Flynn ECEC even has two of its rooms named Alkira and Gumnut as homage to the centres history. 

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Tillyard Community Hall

Our Purpose 

The NBCA’s purpose is to create and develop strong community partnerships for the vulnerable, disadvantaged or socially isolated.

The purposes of the association are achieved through the following;

 

- Providing quality, best practice child care services on a not-for-profit basis.

 

- To advance social and public welfare by undertaking and operating education and care centres for children who are too young to attend school.

- Fostering relationships and influence to ensure the education, health, and welfare of all children and young people, particularly those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

 

- Providing support and representation in situations where the interests of individuals or the community are being violated.

 

- Contributing to debate and policy developments on matters affecting those members of our community who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, or socially isolated.

 

- Assisting families who are living in poverty, vulnerable and disadvantaged through the provision of services and support.

 

- Taking an active role in community development and participation.

 

- Provide low-cost community facilities to promote community inclusion and connection.

 

- Identify community needs and provide services to meet the needs or advocate on behalf of the community to meet their needs.

 

- Undertake and promote any other items in relation to the Statement of Purpose as determined by the NBCA Management Committee.

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Logo Story

A gathering circle at the centre of the logo is a pinnacle traditional symbol within the design, highlighting the NBCA community/family and the heartfelt connections across the Association. 

This imagery is reflective of the centres being a safe place for families to meet, learn and grow where children are happy and enjoy their time within an extended family atmosphere.

The community spirit of the centres is reflected within the gathering circles and people symbols that are interwoven within the design.  Together they share the value of teamwork, collaboration, family, friendships and love held at the centres.  Emotions of warmth, welcome, invitation and encouragement, alongside support, respect, appreciation, trust, joy and cheerfulness are represented within the bright and colourful palette,  that along with the imagery evoke the positive emotions felt by all.  

People symbols upon the gathering circle share the story of close and respectful relationships at the centres along with the symbol placement and movement highlighting caring cuddles, dancing and play.  The imagery reflects the beauty and happiness felt by the children at the centre and highlights the team being appreciated, accepted and supported, alongside feelings of being at home within their roles, cheerfulness, family and the excitement experienced as a part of the NBCA community.

Elder symbols within the people imagery are symbolic of learning, early childhood education and passing on of life skills and knowledge.  It also represents the close relationships at the centre and the children’s love of the centre and their teachers.  The stepping stones travel upward within the design are reflective of the Journey of nurturing and growth experience by the children at the centres.  This imagery reflects a progressive, empathetic and trusting culture where love and respect for each other ensures a happy and enjoyable experience for all.

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