Child care round table
The impending closure of seven rural child care centres in the border area has attracted Canberra’s attention, including Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan.
Federal Independent for Indi, Cathy McGowan raised the issue in Parliament yesterday, with a suggestion of round table discussions to secure the future of the centres.
Mr Tehan responded positively, agreeing that discussions involving stakeholders should be held on each side of the border, including discussions on interim arrangements.
The centres at Walla, Walwa, Baranduda, Mitta, Kergunyah, Bellbridge and Henty have been run by the Albury Wodonga Community College, which announced last week that operating losses were unsustainable.
It would mean the loss of around 20 jobs, and parents at several centres were concerned at the possible loss of child care for their children.
It now seems likely that the Minister’s intervention will mean an arrangement that will enable the centres to continue operating.