The holiday lifesaver helping companies appeal to parents
IT’S the bane of most working families. Trying to juggle three months of school holidays when you might only have a month’s leave each year and no extended family to help.
Team Holiday founder Sam Hoath said many companies were now offering to ease the pressure by including some childcare in employment packages.
He said companies could build in a range of subsidies for staff, increasing employee loyalty and productivity.
Launched in 2011, Team Holiday offers holiday programs that can be delivered on site, if businesses have suitable rooms, or at other venues.
“In some industries is hard to keep talent but this program is one way that businesses can fast track their way to becoming an employer of choice,” Mr Hoath said.
“It also helps to reduce employee stress because they know their kids are having loads of fun in a safe, supportive and educational holiday care program.”
Mr Hoath, who is a trained ned schoolteacher, er, started the business initially ally to provide school ol holiday activities but added before and after-school programs last June.
“I was working as a teacher and I was seeing as holidays were approaching parents were saying how much they hated school holidays as they tried to juggle jug fulltime tim work commitment comm s with trying t to entertain the t children,” he sa said. Mr Hoath launched his first holiday camp at Haileybury. “I didn’t want it to be babysitting,” he said. He said around 100,000 primary school-aged children were now cared for at about 70 locations in greater Melbourne, at Geelong and Bendigo, on the Gold Coast and in Sydney.
The programs are delivered at schools, corporate offices and other suitable venues.
“(Holidays) can be a very stressful time for working parents so we have worked with companies to come up with a solution that not only aims to position them as an employer of choice, but also lifts productivity, reduces sick leave and carers leave, and improves job satisfaction and workplace culture.”
Team Holiday has formed partnerships with the AFL, Etihad Stadium, the Department of Education and Training, Melbourne Cricket Club and the Collins Square office complex.
Mr Hoath said demand for care was highest in autumn, which tended to creep up on families.
Lewis, 10, leads the pack at a Team Holiday program on Elwood Beach; (left) founder Tom Hoath. Main picture: EUGENE HYLAND