Deniliquin’s Little Tacka’s Childcare centre, which was set to close today, will stay open.By Tyla Harrington
Deniliquin’s Little Tacka’s Childcare centre will stay open.
The centre, which was set to close today, will be renamed Kids Choice Deni and has been taken over by Gold Coast couple John and Rebecca Hutchison.
Mr Hutchison said the centre’s seven staff would stay and its licence, which is limited to cater for 20 children, would hopefully be boosted to around 40.
‘‘We’ve started talking with (nominated supervisor) Debbie McCann and we will start the process and transitioning .
‘‘It’s early days yet but there should be no increase in fees.’’
Mr Hutchison said he had heard the centre was closing and was interested in expanding his business.
The Hutchisons own seven centres, and manage 22 in total. The closest centre to Deniliquin is in Mooroopna.
‘‘We’re hands on, we’ll be out there every three to four weeks, or someone from our team will be,’’ Mr Hutchison said.
‘‘The building’s owner Matthew van Zeyl has been terrific and has been the key of getting us across the line.’’
Kids Choice Deni nominated supervisor Debbie McCann, who has been at the centre for 10 years, said she couldn’t have hoped for better news.
‘‘The staff, parents and children, they’re just absolutely over the moon,’’ she said.
‘‘We can’t wipe the smiles off our faces. We’re all just so relieved.
‘‘I was on the phone for two hours talking to parents who were very happy .
Mother-of-two Mandy Patey said the childcare staying open was ‘‘certainly welcomed’’.
‘‘It’s such a relief to know that our kids can stay there, it’s wonderful,’’ she said.
‘‘I couldn’t be happier, the level of care at the centre is very high.’’
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