Dampier’s child­care gap to be filled

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Dampier par­ents will be pleased to hear a new child­care provider is pre­par­ing to start up in town, weeks af­ter the pre­vi­ous op­er­a­tor an­nounced its de­par­ture.

In late Jan­uary, Pil­bara Prepara­tory, the provider for Dampier Early Learn­ing Cen­tre, an­nounced it would be clos­ing its Dampier ser­vice on Fe­bru­ary 12, leav­ing par­ents with­out lo­cal child­care weeks be­fore school re­sumed.

Last week, the City of Kar­ratha an­nounced that Montes­sori Early Years Learn­ing and Care Cen­tre, run by Jen­nifer Fox, has been se­lected as the town’s new provider and is un­der­go­ing ap­provals.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased there had been such a quick turn­around.

“Jen­nifer Fox is well known to the Dampier com­mu­nity, hav­ing been the di­rec­tor of a pre­vi­ous child­care cen­tre, and many par­ents will be look­ing for­ward to her new busi­ness com­menc­ing op­er­a­tions,” he said.

“There are a lot of young fam­i­lies liv­ing and work­ing in Dampier who rely on child­care ser­vices and while it will take some time to get the new ser­vice up and run­ning, we an­tic­i­pate the com­mu­nity will only be with­out child­care for a cou­ple of weeks.”

The ser­vice will be lo­cated at 11 Roe Street and will move into the new Dampier Com­mu­nity Hub when build­ing is fin­ished, as Pil­bara Prepara­tory was set to do.

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