Childcare continues at Mornington Community House

Published on 09 March 2018

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Mornington Peninsula Shire Council will step in to continue childcare services formerly offered by Mornington Community Contact Inc (MCCI) following the local community house ceasing its operations on Friday.

The Shire is working to support the childcare programs on a temporary basis to ensure continuity of services for the community and staff whilst exploring longer term options with the community and other stakeholders regarding ongoing management of the centre.

Council will run the kinder program for 3-year olds and occasional child care, with services resuming from Tuesday 13 March. Council has also offered interim employment to the childcare staff of MCCI to ensure continuity of care for the children enrolled in classes with the community house.

Mayor Bryan Payne said “families have been contacted and are very thankful that Council has responded so quickly and that their children will be able to recommence kinder very soon and importantly with the same teachers”.

Cr Payne said discussions continue regarding the other programs at the centre, with the aim to continue same services at same venue, wherever possible.

“Council remains focussed on ensuring community services offered by the centre remain available, as well as supporting staff, clients and the community,” said Cr Payne.

MCCI is not a council-run facility, it is a community house run by a community committee and funded by a range of stakeholders. The shire supports 12 community houses across the peninsula with funding of $13,000 each per annum. Council owns the MCCI building and leased it for free to the community house.

Parents seeking further information may call: 5950 1099