An experienced, rural community organisation will take over the Swan Hill Rural City Council Family Day Care Service later this year.
Intereach – which is based in Deniliquin and has offices across rural Victoria and NSW, including Swan Hill – is working with Council to transition Family Day Care educators and children to their service.
Council’s Director Community and Cultural Services Bruce Myers said it had become unviable for Council to operate the childcare scheme.
“The number of registered educators has decreased over several years, since the introduction of accreditation, new Victorian regulations in 2009, national regulations in 2012 and mandatory minimum qualifications for educators,” he said.
“Despite a concerted effort, we have not been able to recruit educators and the service has become unsustainable for Council to operate.”
Mr Myers said Councillors made the decision to transition to Intereach at their March Council Meeting, and educators and families were told about the decision last week.
“This decision was not taken lightly. Our educators and staff are dedicated early years professionals who have always strived to provide quality care to children. We understand the impact this change might have on them,” Mr Myers said.
“But they can be assured that we will work with them and with Intereach to make this transition as smooth as possible. We want to maintain continuity of service to lessen disruption to educators and families.”
Council has managed the Swan Hill Regional Family Day Care Scheme since 1987.
Intereach has been operating for over 45 years to improve the social and personal wellbeing of children, families, older people, carers and people with a disability.
Intereach is a registered Family Day Care provider with educators in Deniliquin, Finley, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Tocumwal, Kerang, Nanneella, Tennyson, Echuca, Moama and Rochester.
The transition is expected to take place on 1 July.