The hol­i­day life­saver help­ing com­pa­nies ap­peal to par­ents

Herald Sun - - BUSINESS DAILY - CLAIRE HEANEY teamhol­i­day.com.au

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

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