NOW OPEN: Ballina-Byron Family Day Care management committee president Rhian Mannix (left) and manager Sue Lightfoot at the organisation’s new premises in Brunswick Street, Ballina.
NOW OPEN: Ballina-Byron Family Day Care management committee president Rhian Mannix (left) and manager Sue Lightfoot at the organisation’s new premises in Brunswick Street, Ballina.

Day Care finds a home

AFTER 23 years, Ballina-Byron Family Day Care has a permanent home.

Last Saturday, the organisation opened its new premises at 17 Brunswick Street, Ballina, having moved from its last address in Tamar Street.

And this was the final move as the management committee made the decision to purchase the property. “We’re secure in the community – we’re not going to be moving again,” said manager Sue Lightfoot.

The new building offers more space for the administration of the organisation.

Ballina-Byron Family Day Care currently has 76 carers on its books.

And Sue said there was plenty of opportunity for others to come on board with a home-based business caring for kids.

She said being a family carer offers flexibility in terms of hours worked and fees charged, with carers working within the guidelines set by Ballina-Byron Family Day Care.

She said carers can look after a total of five children aged under 5 – which includes any children the carer may have – and a total of seven children, allowing for some after-school care.

“You need to be really committed to early childhood,” Sue said of carers.

Carers also will have to gain a Certificate III in Children’s Services to be eligible to be a carer.

Sue said now was the ideal time for parents to register for child care with Ballina-Byron Family Day Care.

For more information, phone 6686 7799 or see the website www.fdcballinabyron.com.au.

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