Ser­vice fills need for busy par­ents

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Han­nelore Hepburn

PAR­ENTS are em­brac­ing the first af­ter school care ser­vice avail­able in Brunswick which started in Fe­bru­ary.

Mini Aca­demics founder, Emily Fleay is sat­is­fied her en­ter­prise, which op­er­ates at the Brunswick Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre, fills a need for work­ing par­ents.

Ms Fleay, a qual­i­fied early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor, is run­ning a fam­ily day care through Na­ture Al­liance Fam­ily Day Care and started the out-of-school care pro­gram when she re­alised some par­ents were strug­gling to find care for their chil­dren af­ter school and be­fore they could pick them up on their way home from work.

“When my son started kindy at St Michael’s, a dis­cus­sion with prin­ci­pal Phil Ros­siter led to the idea to start Mini Aca­demics,” Ms Fleay said.

“It had al­ways been on my mind as my son Cooper would soon go to school full-time.

“Op­er­at­ing at the re­source cen­tre is per­fect as they close at 3pm when I start.

“It is great and I very much en­joy look­ing af­ter kids from kindy to year 7.”

Ms Fleay said her young clients came from St Michael’s, Brunswick and River Val­ley pri­mary schools and she was li­censed to look af­ter up to seven chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Han­nelore Hepburn

Brunswick sib­lings Kal­lum, 11, and Gabreyal Howlett, 9, are in good hands with Mini Aca­demics af­ter school care founder Emily Fleay at the Brunswick Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre.

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