Cooya Kidz clo­sure to leave par­ents in limbo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - HOLLY ROBERT­SON

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.

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