Intereach has come to the rescue of families in the Wagga area by significantly increasing its number of Family Day Care educators.
The human and community service provider already had about 50 educators across its footprint, but has added another 20 from a service previously provided by Wagga City Council.
When the council recently decided to withdraw from the Family Day Care sector, Intereach was happy to step in and ensure the service it was providing to local families could continue.
Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said this continuity was important, especially during the difficult times faced by childcare during COVID-19 restrictions.
"It has been tough for the educators, as well as some of the families under their care," Ms Fox said.
"In reality, Intereach is the ideal organisation to take these educators under our banner, as we are experienced FDC providers in numerous communities across the Riverina and northern Victoria."
Intereach will serve as the Approved Provider for Family Day Care in the Wagga area from June 29, 2020.
Intereach FDC nominated supervisor Bec Fitzpatrick welcomed the new group of educators to the Intereach team. Intereach recently held an information and induction night in Wagga for their newest team members.
"We already have an excellent team of about 50 professional educators, and I'm delighted it has been strengthened with the addition of another 20," Bec said.
Wagga-based educator Robyn Grimson said she was excited about joining the Intereach team.
"The information session with Bec and the Family Day Care team was great," Robyn said.
"They showed us how much Intereach cares about Family Day Care and that they're a confident service organisation with similar values to what we've had in the past. I'm certain this will be a smooth transition, and I'm looking forward to many more years in Family Day Care with Intereach."
Intereach support and assistance is offered across community services, children and families, older people, people living with disability, mental health and carers.
For more information about Family Day Care services visit the office at 20 Peter Street, Wagga, call 1300 488 226 or go to www.intereach.com.au.