New cen­tre for child­care opens

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 628069790

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.

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