Childcare places available thanks to Rio program

THERE are now places available in Gladstone's childcare centres.

The easing is in great part due to Rio Tinto Alcan's Here for Childcare initiative, which has resulted in 133 new childcare places, 19 childcare businesses and 52 new or upskilled educators or trainees over the past three years.

The hardworking childcarers were celebrated at the annual Here for Childcare gala event at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on Friday night.

Marion Hayes from Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre said the impact on childcare had hit centres hard when LNG began.

"It was disheartening to have all of these people hammering at the doors and not being able to give their children a place," she said.

Rio Tinto Alcan Gladstone community relations manager Jeremy Hastings was proud of the program.

"As a new father it's an absolute pleasure to know that my son is going to go to childcare in Gladstone with a highly competent and qualified workforce looking after him with a really good atmosphere to be growing up in," he said.



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