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Glenmore Park Child and Family Centre was under the international spotlight last week when a delegation of 21 childcare centre directors from Korea toured the Council-owned and run facility.

Penrith City Mayor Greg Davies said the visit included a tour for visiting directors of the centre, saw the directors play with children, compare systems and discuss with Council staff the differences and similarities between Korean and NSW policy and practice.

“The visitors took many photographs at the centre and were very keen to see how it operated.. This wasn’t just a one-off visit,it heralded a significant event for Penrith,” he said.

“Last week Penrith City Children’s Services Co-operative, a fully controlled entity of Council, also signed a Friendship Agreement with the Association of National and Public Childcare Centres in Gangseo District of Seoul; which is an international partner city of Penrith.

“The agreement creates opportunities for future exchanges including information and artwork, more importantly it means we’re giving the youngest of our citizens a wonderful exposure to a different culture from a very early age.

The delegation co-ordinated through Council was in Penrith on 5 and 6 June as part of a short tour of Australia and New Zealand. They also met with senior staff from Council’s Children’s Services, TAFE Children’s Services and the University of Western Sydney’s School of Early Childhood Education.

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