Receivers to keep ABC Learning Centres open

ABC Learning Centres on the Northern Rivers will remain open, even though the organisation has been placed in the hands of receivers.

The company owes banks almost $1billion.

The Federal Government has welcomed the news that all ABC centres will continue operating, with Education Minister Julia Gillard saying receivers McGrathNicol had promised to keep the centres open.

Ms Gillard said the situation was unique because ABC was the largest private childcare provider in Australia, caring for 120,000 children at more than 1000 centres and employing more than 16,000 people.

On the Far North Coast, there are seven centres, located in Byron Bay, Casino, East Ballina, Evans Head, Goonellabah, Lennox Head and Lismore.

Directors of the Far North Coast centres yesterday declined to speak to The Northern Star, saying they had been instructed not to speak with the media.

A spokesman for McGrathNicol said they were appointed as receivers when ABC Group directors decided to place companies within the group into voluntary administration.

Chris Honey, of McGrathNicol, said all ABC centres would continue to give high quality care.

“I encourage parents and guardians to continue their support for and their relationships with the team at their local ABC centre,” he said.

“It is our intention to manage this process smoothly and avoid disruption to families.”

Check the website at www.mychild.gov.au, or call the hotline on 18 02 003 for more information.

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