CQ childhood centre narrowly avoids possible closure
THE Theodore Early Childhood Centre has avoided potential closure after the hiring of a new kindergarten teacher.
After advertising the part-time position for more than two years through a private consultancy and more recently with the Department of Education, the Theodore community is now breathing a sigh of relief.
Jess Weimer from the Theodore Early Childhood Centre admitted that the future of the childhood centre looked dicey if the centre could not hire a new kindergarten teacher.
“It got to the stage that, without the Queensland Government’s Kindergarten Funding Scheme, we weren’t sure if we were able to have the childcare centre open,” Mrs Weimer said.
“The QKFS provides a substantial amount of money towards the running costs of the centre.
“We really were scrambling and trying to find a teacher so we could keep the whole centre open.”
The scheme is designed to assist services with the cost of implementing and delivering an approved kindergarten program and to qualify for funding, a service must be an approved kindergarten program provider.
Mrs Weimer said there was a feeling of hopelessness among staff and the community as the chances of finding a replacement dwindled over time.
“It was very stressful because both the childcare and kindergarten have high numbers at the moment and it’s such an important service for our community,” Mrs Weimer said.
“We were looking at many options of what we could do if we could not find a qualified teacher.
“It’s been a huge relief to tell our kindy parents and the centre as a whole that we are moving forward and operating as normal.”