Flexible Child Care

A new child care centre to be opened by Centacare in Hobart's Northern Suburbs will offer flexible casual care to suit the needs of modern families. Centacare Tasmania Executive Director Tim Gourlay said the new centre at 35 Tower Road, New Town, will cater specifically for families who need flexible rather than full time care when it opens on November 19. “This might be for casual or part-time work, shiftwork, studying, shopping, respite or to attend appointments,” Mr Gourlay said. “Bookings can be made at short notice and families will be charged only for the hours they book – which could be by the hour, session or day.” The centre, which will be run by Centrecare Tasmania Child Care Services, will open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday and will cater for children up to the age of 12. Mr Gourlay said it will offer both permanent and casual bookings. “Casual bookings are especially valuable to parents who work on a casual basis and might not be able to afford to pay for child care when they don’t have work. “Flexible hours will also allow parents to introduce their children to care by enrolling them for short periods. The centre’s small size means that brothers and sisters will be able to stay together because there will not need to be age group separation.” The new service has Commonwealth Government approval so that families will be able to access their entitlements under the Child Care Benefit and Rebate Scheme. For more information phone 1300 119 455 or email