Ca­sual child­care sur­vives on love

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

THE only re­main­ing oc­ca­sional chil­dren’s care cen­tre in Townsville cred­its much of its suc­cess to be­ing adapt­able, hav­ing great staff and pro­vid­ing large doses of pure and sim­ple love.

The Riverview Play Cen­tre at Kir­wan cel­e­brates 25 years of op­er­a­tion this month.

“Our pri­or­ity has al­ways been to cre­ate a loving en­vi­ron­ment that meets the needs of the com­mu­nity,” cen­tre direc­tor Kay McGovern said.

“We’ve had to change and grow with lo­cal fam­i­lies over this time,”

“When we be­gan, par­ents wanted their chil­dren to be so­cialised at day care.

“Now they’re look­ing for them to re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence as well so that’s just one change that we’ve em­braced.”

Ms McGovern, who has served the Unit­ing Church- spon­sored or­gan­i­sa­tion for 22 years, said hav­ing a ded­i­cated team made Riverview a spe­cial place.

“Par­ents al­ways tell me that they feel like our staff love their chil­dren as much as their chil­dren love us,” she said. “Our staff turnover is very low. “There are fam­i­lies who stay with us be­cause not only does one child get to know and love our team but over the years the same staff mem­bers are still here look­ing af­ter the younger sib­lings.”

Ms McGovern said they be­lieved in pro­vid­ing af­ford­abil­ity and flex­i­bil­ity for fam­i­lies.

“We don’t charge for pub­lic hol­i­days and, as the last oc­ca­sional day care cen­tre in Townsville, we pride our­selves on giv­ing par­ents some­where to drop their kids off dur­ing doc­tor’s ap­point­ments, job in­ter­views or, for our many de­fence fam­i­lies, day care while one par­ent is away.

“We will al­ways pro­vide a loving, Chris­tian en­vi­ron­ment for the chil­dren.

“We have par­ents that we’ve cared for all of their chil­dren and they tell us the cen­tre is a sec­ond home for their fam­ily.

“That is the best feed­back we could pos­si­bly get.”

LAST OF ITS KIND: Kay McGovern, Sasha Mullins hold­ing son Gabriel, Fiona Mo­ri­arty, Cr Les Walker, Vanessa Cooper hold­ing son Abel, Cr Kurt Re­hbein and Toni Ir­ish hold­ing son Nate at the Riverview Play Cen­tre.

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