GREAT FUN: A trip with a difference by the Brunswick Heads Vacation Care to Heritage Park in Lismore with carer Kate Govett (centre), Tiki Reece (left), of New Brighton, and Jolina Wilbur, of Ocean Shores.
GREAT FUN: A trip with a difference by the Brunswick Heads Vacation Care to Heritage Park in Lismore with carer Kate Govett (centre), Tiki Reece (left), of New Brighton, and Jolina Wilbur, of Ocean Shores. Jacklyn Wagner

Holiday fun and games - for most

OVERWHELMING demand for vacational care these school holidays has forced one holiday program to turn children away.

Jasmine Matthews, program co-ordinator at Brunswick Heads Vacational Care, said demand for school holiday childcare was 'through the roof'.

“We've had to refer some late bookings to other vacational care programs in the area,” she said.

Ms Matthews attributed the growing demand for holiday care to the increase of busy, working parents in the area.

“I would advise parents to book vacational care at least three weeks before the holidays to ensure they get a place,” she said.

Ms Matthews' observations were backed by figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last month that found there were more than 1.5 million two-parent families with children in Australia, with most of these having both parents working.

For 80 per cent of these working families, at least one of the parents said they were often or always pressed for time.

Ms Matthews said the programs were a great way to keep children occupied and active during school holidays. Activities enjoyed at Brunswick Heads Vacational Care includes crafts, park excursions and woodworking.



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