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‘Busy Kids’ lives up to its name

Tuesday, 13th December, 2011

BUSY KIDS: Sussan Ley MP (left) with owner Jenny French and son Mitchell, Mayor Wincen Cuy and Natalia Kloczko, 2. BUSY KIDS: Sussan Ley MP (left) with owner Jenny French and son Mitchell, Mayor Wincen Cuy and Natalia Kloczko, 2.

By Kurtis Eichler

After several months of repainting, remodelling and redesigning, the ribbon has been cut on the city’s newest childcare centre, “Busy Kids”.

Busy Kids is licensed for 29 youngsters and is already bursting with enrolments.

The city’s second long-day care centre was opened yesterday morning by the Federal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, who is also the Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning and Intervention.

Then the owners, Jenny and David French, officially opened the doors for the first time to the long-awaited facility.

Until yesterday, parents had just one long-day care option after Lilliput Early Learning Centre shut in June.

“We couldn’t find childcare when we first come to Broken Hill (18 months ago) and then when the previous centre closed down, we really felt there was a strong need for it,” said Mrs French.

She said she and her husband knew the places would fill up “pretty quickly.”

“There’s still a little bit of room left going into the New Year but we believe with all the new school teachers, nurses that come on board that will go in no time.

“Broken Hill has been very good at supporting it already because the need is so great.” 

The couple have run businesses before but not a childcare centre, and they have employed qualified staff to do the day to day work.

Ms Ley recommended that the owners think about expanding their operation.

“It just demonstrates how badly we needed a second long day care centre,” she said.

“In fact we could probably do with three or four, especially given the rate of growth of the city.

“The interesting thing is you can’t always measure the economic loss from not having available, affordable childcare, but certainly the fact that this has filled up so quickly does underline that we need it so badly.

“If you’re a working parent you do need long-day care or family day care which is the other type of childcare.

“If we’re going to support working families, we’ve got to keep childcare.”

Mayor Wincen Cuy said the new centre “looked great” and that when more people started moving to the city in 18 months or so, child care was one of the things they will look for.

“When we start to grow these are the things we need,” he said.

“They want good health, good child care, they want relaxation and they also want good schooling.”

The mayor recalled his own trials and tribulations playing “Mr Mum” to his two young children years ago.

“I visited these centres on frequent occasions because I didn’t necessarily go to work, but the mental stress of looking after two children... every mother should be congratulated.”

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