Childcare opportunities in Maldon

Created: Friday, 23 February 2018

Living and working in rural Australia can be a challenge for families due to the lack of childcare. Many families rely on support from grandparents to help manage the ‘juggle’ of work and children. But what happens when grandparents are not just down the road?

We are lucky in Maldon to have the Occasional Childcare service operating every Monday from 9.30am – 2.30pm. This service is strongly supported by the Maldon & District Community Bank who recognize the important roles it plays in providing quality care to our children, and respite and support for local families. The Occasional Childcare service runs at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and provides care to children aged 6 months up to 4 years old. Please contact the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre if you would like an Enrolment pack.

Aside from running this service, the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has been a strong advocate to Mount Alexander Shire Council to establish an Early Years Plan providing strategic direction for local providers of early years education and care, and to Maldon Primary School to establish After-School Care.

“The local Council is not a provider of early years services, but has a role in creating a strategic direction with providers in the Shire as well as creating opportunities for collaboration and partnership”, explains Amy Atkinson Coordinator, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre.

Currently, the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre has been working closely with Maldon Pre-School, YMCA and Mount Alexander Family Day care to investigate After-Kinder Care at Maldon Pre-School. This project has been supported by funding from Mount Alexander Shire Council through their Community Grants program.

“We are currently looking for a local educator who would love to be involved in this project. We are looking to use the In-Venue Family Day Care model to provide a wrap-around service to the kindergarten program.” Explains Lisa Girvan, Family Day Care Coordinator.

Help our local families with the ‘juggle’ of work and family by becoming a family day carer, please contact Lisa Girvan at Mount Alexander Family Day Care today if you are would like to find out more or check out the website www.castlemainechildcare.com.au/family-day-care.

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