The playground of the We R Kids childcare centre in Casino.
The playground of the We R Kids childcare centre in Casino. Scott Harlum

Childcare workers miss out on jobs

A GROUP of childcare workers in Casino are disappointed they will not be re-employed when a new childcare service opens today.

Fourteen workers lost their jobs when the We R Kids early learning centre in Colches Street Casino closed in August.

A new business, called the Rainbow Station Early Education Centre, will open on the site of the previous childcare centre today.

But Naomi Fuller, 35, of Casino said the new owner has decided not to employ any of the former workers.

"They are opening exactly the same type of facility that was closed down.

"We are all experienced and we know all the families involved but at this stage none of the 14 have been offered our jobs back."

Ms Fuller said she was aware of "at least five" people who had tried to re-gain their jobs but none were offered interviews.

"It's a great thing for Casino that the childcare centre is re-opening but it's not a great option for people who can't get work in their own town that now have to travel to Lismore for employment," she said.

The Northern Star was unable to contact the new owners.

The Federal Government has an employee entitlements and redundancy scheme to help workers who have been made redundant without entitlements.

But Ms Fuller said she is still owed a significant amount of money after the collapse of the We R Kids early learning centre.

"The gentlemen who owned it was from China and when it went into receivership he disappeared with our entitlements," Ms Fuller said.

"We didn't get a payout when our jobs finished so it's been several months of financial struggle, not just for my family but for several other families with no income."



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