Rainbow Region Kids expands

AN after-school care program in danger of closing down has beentaken up by Rainbow Region Kids.

The organisation, which has been operating for just 12 months, is now expanding to include 80 after-school places at Lismore Public School from January 28.

The program had been run by Lismore City Council, but the councilrecently made the decision to stopoffering it.

Rainbow Region Kids co-ordinator Tarlai Iggleden said they didn’t want to see it disappear.

“After-school care is something that is needed,” she said.

“This program takes in children from 14 different schools, all who get buses to Lismore Public school.

“We will be doing everything we can to ensure this remains a high quality service.”

But Ms Iggleden said because of an administration problem during the transfer of the program, parents would need to re-register their children.

“We are taking enrolments now. People who were involved with the council program will need to enrol again.”

Run through the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre, Rainbow Region Kids started out offering vacation care at Lismore Public School.

But it soon took on after-school care and vacation care at Wollongbar Public School after appeals from parents and Page MP Janelle Saffin.

Rainbow Region Kids is accredited with the National Childcare Accreditation Service.

There are 150 vacation care places across the two locations.

Some of the most popular activities include boating on Lake Ainsworth, rock climbing, archery, a visit to Tropical Fruit World, tenpin bowling and swimming.

“We have some excellent partnerships and the kids just love everything that we’ve got on offer,” MsIggleden said.

Enrolments are now available for all services offered by Rainbow Region Kids. Phone 0447 211 835.

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