Family day care scheme calls for more carers

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE Family Day Care Scheme is "back to square one'', according to the scheme's organisers in Gladstone.

The scheme, organised in Gladstone by the Salvation Army, has a capacity for 50 carers, but numbers had dwindled to about 40, one of the co-ordinators Sue Fleming said yesterday.

"We've had several information sessions to attract more carers,'' she said.

"Since last year we had some increases but also some decreases.''

The Family Day Care Scheme allows for children to be cared for in a home atmosphere, normally by one of the mothers of the children. The scheme provides an alternative to the private child care centres. Ms Fleming some parents preferred the Family Day Care system because it provided for a maximum of seven children in each group and only four if the children were under school age.

"The scheme allows mums to look after their own kids and other children and to get quite involved in their development,'' she said.

She said to be a Family Day Care Scheme carer a person must have a Blue Card, a Senior First Aid certificate and comprehensive insurance through Family Day Care Certification.

However, the applicant need not have tertiary education. Ms Fleming said the organisation hoped to attract more carers and would conduct more information sessions soon.

Anyone interested in taking part in the sessions is urged to phone 4972 2985.



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