New Goonellabah child centre
By NERIDA BLOK
KERRILYN GOOD, Jenny Cornell and Donine Linder have teamed up to open a new long-day childcare centre in Goonellabah.
The trio, along with fourth partner, Mark Cornell, will run the Bumblebee Early Education Centre, in Slade Street.
The centre will open on Monday, next week.
Eighteen enrolments for children aged between six weeks and six years have already been taken at the centre.
The centre is licensed to cater for up to 58 children per day.
Ms Cornell said her decision to open the new centre in Goonellabah, which offers a pre-school early education program, was motivated by growing demand from parents.
"There is an increasing number of children in this area due to all the subdivisions and new estates," she said.
"And I suppose it's the swing away from the city.
"People are moving to this area."
The co-owners of the centre declined to divulge the cost of their investment, beyond Ms Cornell describing it as 'priceless'.
Ms Linder, of Alstonville, said the centre would operate from 6.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
It will also open 51 weeks of the year.
"We are also involved in a national accreditation scheme that governs the childcare industry," Ms Linder said.
The centre will offer daily cooked meals by a qualified chef as well as a cloth nappy service.