Kidszone acting director and approved provider Josh Jones (right) and (from left) Elizabeth Fraser, 7, with Summer, 9, and Charlie McKelvey, 7, and Harrison Fraser play in the sandpit at Kidszone in Warwick.
Kidszone acting director and approved provider Josh Jones (right) and (from left) Elizabeth Fraser, 7, with Summer, 9, and Charlie McKelvey, 7, and Harrison Fraser play in the sandpit at Kidszone in Warwick. Elyse Wurm

Busy parents to benefit from new early morning care

WARWICK residents are working longer hours forcing many parents to rely on friends and family to take care of their children around school hours.

Kidszone acting director and approved provider Josh Jones said the team had noticed a need for a before school care service and when they called for expressions of interest they were overwhelmed by the response.

"It's obvious looking around that Warwick is growing, it's getting busier and there's more jobs available," Mr Jones said.

"Both parents go back to work, things are a little bit more expensive."

"Obviously when that happens then kids need somewhere to go."

Mr Jones said the high demand motivated them to start a new before school care service at the centre, which will begin on the first day of term 1, January 22.

Mr Jones and his wife Chantal have been at the helm of Headstart Allora Childcare Centre for the last five years and after noticing a need for school-aged care, they implemented before, after and holiday care in the small town.

When they took over Kidszone in Warwick at the start of last year, the couple decided to investigate whether a similar interest existed in Warwick.

 

Kidszone acting director and approved provider Josh Jones (right) and (from left) Charlie McKelvey, 7, Elizabeth Fraser, 7, Harrison Fraser, 10, and Summer McKelvey, 9, play on the playground at Kidszone in Warwick.
Kidszone acting director and approved provider Josh Jones (right) and (from left) Charlie McKelvey, 7, Elizabeth Fraser, 7, Harrison Fraser, 10, and Summer McKelvey, 9, play on the playground at Kidszone in Warwick. Elyse Wurm

Mr Jones said the new before school care service will be the only school-aged care offered to the wider community.

Warwick East State School run a service for their own students and some long day care centres offered limited services, he said.

"A lot of people say they apply for jobs but it's that whole, can you get a job in school hours? So it can be limiting," Mr Jones said.

"It gives them more choice, maybe a little bit more freedom so they're not having to rely on someone else to look after your children.

"You know they've got somewhere in a safe and secure environment to come before or after school."

In the 12 months since they took over, Mr and Mrs Jones have brought in more experienced staff members and different activities including Ezy roller bikes and gaming consoles.

This newest service will start with a capacity of 30 children but could be expanded to accommodate as many as 75, Mr Jones said.

The centre will open at 6.30am and children will be taken to their school at the required time either by bus or on foot with supervision.

An enrolment day for before school care will be held on January 21 but interested parents can also phone Mr Jones on 4667 0797 to inquire.



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