Childcare centre to close

02:23, Nov 11 2013

The Hargest Community Childcare Centre will close next month, ending 30 years of education and play opportunities for children in the area.

A letter from the trust responsible for the centre was sent to parents last week.

The letter cites declining enrolments as a result of competition from new childcare facilities and more flexible kindergarten arrangements as the reason behind the closure.

The centre would cease operating on December 20.

Centre manager and trustee Michelle Kent said management was going through the legal processes involved in closing the centre and were keeping parents informed of what was happening.

"At the moment we're keeping parents informed of the processes that are underway."

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The small centre catered to 21 children a day and had a roll of 43 children, who were children of staff, students and the wider community.

The centre had been run as a charitable trust organisation.

SIT Childcare Centre manager Anne Golding said the centre had received inquiries from parents from Hargest about childcare at SIT next year.

However, it would be a big change for the children, going from a small centre into a larger centre, she said.

The YMCA Early Learning Centre had also had inquiries from Hargest parents, and had accepted five children but were no longer accepting anymore due to a full roll. Brittany Pickett is a journalism student at Aoraki Polytechnic.

The Southland Times