Opening in 2012, AEIOU's Bundaberg centre has the capacity to enrol 12 children with autism on a full-time basis. The centre is located on Central Queensland University's Bundaberg Campus under a Long Day Care Childcare licence to enable flexibility for families, ensuring parents and carers can remain in the workforce, access resources and genuine support while their children receive early intervention therapy and education to help them reach their own individual milestones. The centre is a result of local community lobbying for local services to meet their community's needs.
The service is managed by Kerri-Leigh Bacelar, who first joined AEIOU in 2016. Kerri-Leigh is passionate about the Bundaberg community, and enjoys hosting regular community workshops to bring local parents, carers and professionals with an interest in autism together. In addition to this, Kerri enjoys working closely with the children and her team, celebrating each child's individual successes.
"When our children begin with us, you can see the barriers they have when it comes to doing every day things, which others take for granted. But as we work with them, we are witness to the most incredible achievements. The most rewarding part of my day is when I get to see a child's personality emerge. Our children develop into unique, beautiful people with the most amazing little quirks."
"The Bundaberg community is tight knit, and I see that in how my team works. They are so dedicated, and just want to enrich the lives of the children. They come to work each day and go above and beyond, and in a community sense you can see how they're thinking 'how can I help my fellow community members?', which is a beautiful thing."
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