Day care closes

Fam­ily ser­vice ends af­ter four decades

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

NEW Nor­folk’s orig­i­nal day care ser­vice has come to an end af­ter more than four decades.

Car­ers pre­vi­ously reg­is­tered with New Nor­folk Fam­ily Day Care have switched en mass to al­ter­na­tive ser­vices af­ter the Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil in­creased its ad­min­is­tra­tion fees in the draft coun­cil bud­get 2018-19.

Der­went Val­ley Coun­cil cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Mark Eady said the pro­posed fee in­crease was due to changes in min­i­mum stan­dards de­ter- mined in Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment legislation.

“With the pro­jected ra­tio of one full-time co-or­di­na­tor to a small num­ber of ed­u­ca­tors, lo­cal fam­ily day care ed­u­ca­tors [would have seen] cost in­fla­tion to their fees,” Mr Eady said.

Par­ent ed­u­ca­tor Rae Kertesz-Ko­vacic said the changes made Fam­ily Day Care un­vi­able for car­ers to con­tinue with the scheme.

New Nor­folk Fam­ily Day Care was founded in 1977 by for­mer nurse Carol Volant, who worked at the cen­tre for 38 years.

Mrs Volant was ini­tially em­ployed un­der a gov­ern­ment grant to spend six months sur­vey­ing the child care needs of the re­gion.

“I had a num­ber of fo­rums and spoke to dif­fer­ent peo­ple in the area and from there it just be­came ob­vi­ous there were a num­ber of par­ents that re­quired child care,” Mrs Volant said.

She said she was sad Fam­ily Day Care had to end, but was sure fam­i­lies would re­ceive the same qual­ity of ser­vice through new providers.

New Nor­folk’s par­ent ed­u­ca­tors have signed on with al­ter­na­tive ser­vice providers in­clud­ing Mis­sion Aus­tralia, and King­bor­ough Fam­ily Day Care.

Mrs Kertesz-Ko­vacic worked for Fam­ily Day Care for 14 years and her mother, sis­ter and niece also worked for the ser­vice.

“It’s some­thing that we have a strong his­tory with and some­thing that we be­lieve in and think is a valu­able part of child care,” she said.

“We work off the same frame­work as kinder­garten teach­ers and we do week­ends, late nights and school runs — it’s a unique qual­ity of care.”

Mrs Kertesz-Ko­vacic said par­ents were con­cerned af­ter hear­ing Fam­ily Day Care would close.

“A lot of them are work­ing par­ents who don’t work 9am-5pm jobs and have cir­cum­stances where they need kinder­garten col­lec­tions, 5am starts and overnight cares,” she said. “The main thing is to make sure the par­ents re­alise that from Glenora to Austins Ferry and from Molesworth to Dromedary we’re still within the com­mu­nity.”

Par­ent ed­u­ca­tor Lisa Rhodes said New Nor­folk had not lost any of its par­ent ed­u­ca­tors in the tran­si­tion and noth­ing would change for par­ents.

“We are mov­ing on­wards and up­wards and we are with an es­tab­lished scheme now,” she said.

Mr Eady said the fam­i­lies and staff at the Long Day Care Cen­tre at 45 Ring Rd, New Nor­folk, will not be af­fected by the pro­posed fee in­crease.

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