Rescue plan may save local day care centre
By Michael Sinclair-Jones
A RESCUE plan for parents stranded by this month’s shock closure of Toodyay’s Great Beginnings day centre (left) may enable it to stay open under new local management.
An announcement last month that the centre would close on Friday October 11 has dismayed local working parents who face twice daily round trips totalling 112km to the next nearest day care centre in Northam.
The closure also affects parents who use after-school care between 6.30am and 6.30pm when Great Beginnings buses their children to and from Toodyay District High School.Read more
Home-based day care in Toodyay is reported to be generally fully booked.
Great Beginnings is part of an international chain of G8 Education day care centres in Australia and Singapore and has an Australian head office in Brisbane.
The company is understood to be closing its Toodyay centre because of low attendance rates and a lease on the privately owned site in Settlers Ridge expires next February.
A G8 Education spokesperson in Brisbane said all parents with children at Toodyay’s Great Beginnings centre had been offered a “transition plan” to switch to the company’s next nearest day care centre, in Northam.
Toodyay’s four day care staff are understood to have been offered transfers to Northam.
However, Toodyay couple Carly and Brian Terry are negotiating with the Perth owner of the Toodyay site to take over the lease as a new locally owned business.
“We moved to Toodyay two years ago, we have two one-year-old boys and my wife has more than 10 years’ childcare experience,” Mr Terry said.
“The centre has 37 places but only a third are filled and half of those are Toodyay after-school students.
“We hope to run the centre as a new business with similar fees and hours.
“It needs local support to be viable and we are looking for expressions of interest from parents to see if we can salvage the situation for them.”
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