Explorers fills a holiday need
FOR little Lachlan Wotton the kinetic sand at his new after school care is definitely a selling point.
That and the fact that he gets to play with his school friends for an extra three hours after school.
Port Explorers have set up an after school care facility at the Port Douglas State School to help provide relief for parents with busy schedules.
Director of Port Explorers Day Care, Julie McDonald and Francesca Bianchi, Director of After School Care travelled down to Cairns to furnish the space and purchase games, arts and crafts and activities in preparation for the grand reopening of the centre.
The facility was always intended to be an after school care centre but has sat vacant for some years now. The after school centre opened on the first school day of 2016.
Prior to the opening children were often sent to the day care facility around the corner.
“We had a lot of children that would come to the daycare centre on holidays or after school and they wouldn’t want to to be in a daycare centre, they want more age appropriate games,” said Julie.
“It’s good to be able to do this for the community.
“For so long I think people have had to rely on family or friends and it’s a juggling game and you don’t have to do that anymore.”
The team at Port Explorers have already managed to breath some life back into the space with colourful furniture, pictures and games.
The centre is able to cater to 20 kids at the moment with a possibility of expansion in the future.
Julie said the lack of vacation care facilities in Port Douglas was a driving force behind opening the centre.
“Vacation care is a big one,” said Julie.
“A lot of parents don’t get six weeks at the end of the year, or two weeks at Easter but the kids do and they need somewhere to go and play.”
After School care is available every weekday from 3pm until 6pm and parents are encouraged to enrol their kids to guarantee a spot.
Arlo Hansford, Tia Bani, Francesca Bianchi and Lachlan Wotton