Relief for parents of early teens
THERE is some relief for working parents in the Ballina Shire wondering what to do with their early teenage children during the school holidays.
Ballina's Rainbow Children's Centre was successful in securing a Federal Government Child Care Flexibility Fund grant of $51,000 for a 12-month trial of vacation care for children in the 11-14-years age group.
Leonie Crowe, the centre's out of school hours care co-ordinator, said the existing vacation care programs catered to the 5-12-year-old bracket.
But she said there had been a demand for a group specifically for early teens, too young to be left home alone.
The program will operate in the next school holidays for three days a week at Lennox Head Public School.
In following holidays it will be at the Ballina District Community Services Association's Youth Activity Centre.
Phone 6686 6621.