Rising costs and falling enrolments have delivered the Kambalda Child Care Centre a knockout blow, with the only day care in town to close on Friday after a year-long fight and impassioned pleas from parents.
The decision to close the centre – made on Thursday by the 10-strong managing committee – directly affects up to 30 families as well as 10 child care centre employees and delivers another blow to the town already battling a GP shortage.
The president of the not-for-profit Kambalda Childcare Association said the “horrifying” decision was unavoidable after financial modelling showed that without subsidies or a fee increase the centre could only survive week-to-week by “the skin of its teeth”.
Leah Boucher said parents were “angry” and “devastated” by the news and that several employees were considering setting-up an in-house day care to meet demand.A recent price increase to $90 a day failed to redress long-standing debt problems and saw several parents withdraw their children from daycare.
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