New centre for childcare opens
A new childcare centre opened its doors in Alexandra on Monday, providing home style care for children. Little Oaks Early Learning Childcare co-owners Bronni Robinson and Cheryl Minehan began turning an old shed on Ngapara St into a colourful childcare centre in April. On Saturday an open day was held at the centre and on Monday it officially opened. After completing a flyer drop asking parents about childcare last year the pair found parents were struggling to get into their preferred childcare centres, finding centres that were open the hours they needed, provided care for all siblings underfive and were open during the holidays. Ms Robinson said the centre was licensed to open from 7.30am till 5.30pm, catered for babies and children under five – meaning siblings could be looked after in the same building – and only closed for two weeks of the year at Christmas. There were three separate areas at the centre for babies, toddlers and over-threes and each had their own outdoor play areas. ‘‘It’s going to be a fun centre. A place for children to develop and extend themselves with qualified teachers,’’ she said. The centre’s point of difference from others on offer in Alexandra was that it provided cooked meals influenced by the Healthy Heart programme. The older children would also be encouraged to help prepare baking and food for afternoon tea. ‘‘It’s for caring education and doing it in a homely environment,’’ Mrs Minehan said. Enrolments were still being taken. The centre is licensed for 40.
Finishing touches:: Little Oaks Early Learning Childcare co-owners Cheryl Minehan and Bronni Robinson were busy completing the final touches of the centre last week before it officially opened in Alexandra on Monday.