Cooya Kidz closure to leave parents in limbo
COOYA Beach parents have been left scrambling to organise day care for their toddlers after it was announced that Cooya Kidz is set to close within a month.
Childcare provider Sandra Zajaz opened the only childcare centre at Cooya Beach in 2006.
Ms Zajaz informed parents on Tuesday that Cooya Beach would close in the coming weeks.
Mother-of-two Rachael Sullivan, whose sons Kye, one, and Tyiese, two, attend the centre, said parents were shocked by the announcement.
“It seemed really sudden, no one was given much warning,” she said.
“I’m probably going to have to get my mum to look after them because Mossman is a bit out of the way.
“(Kye) can’t go to Mossman because they have to be 15 months and they won’t take him even though he’s too young by a couple of months.”
A letter received by parents said that issues over lease arrangements had forced the closure.
Ms Zajaz told the Gazette in April this year “there’s no money in childcare, not if you do it properly”.
She also criticised largescale childcare centres for not providing the kind of “home type environment and personalised care” that her two centres did.
"They operate their centres like McDonald’s - it’s quantity, not quality," Ms Zajaz said.
Ms Zajaz took over Tropical Tots in Port Douglas in December 2009, renaming it Port Kidz and renovating the facilities.
She has offered parents to put any children aged two or older on a bus service from the Cooya Beach shops to Port Kidz.
Up to 44 children currently attend Cooya Kids, but it is unknown how many parents will take up the option or send their toddlers to ABC Mossman instead.
“I’m not sure how the shuttle bus is going to work, considering it’s going from Cooya shops, especially if people have an emergency,” Ms Sullivan said.
Tahnee Thorbourne said she would most likely send her son Wyatt, five, to ABC Mossman.
“It annoys us because inconvenient with work,” said.
Ms Zajaz refused to comment on the closure, saying it was a matter for her solicitor. it’s she
Disappointed: Rachael Sullivan with sons Kye Dalton, 1, and Tyiese Dalton, 2, and Tahnee Thorbourne with son Wyatt Lourigan, 5, were told on Tuesday that Cooya Kidz is closing.