Tweed Daily News

Childcare bid dream come true

A MEDIUM told Carol Norton that her destiny was working with children, and now the Cabarita Beach mother has realised her dream by opening a childcare centre for school-aged children at Banora Point Primary School.

Little Grommets Before and After School Vacation Care started at the school after attempts to open a similar service at Cabarita late last year failed.

“Trying to get the centre open in Cabarita was a hard slog. I still have plans to open a centre somewhere on the Tweed Coast, as there is a real need for greater childcare options, especially with so many new people in the area,” Mrs Norton said.

“There is obviously a need for more childcare options, because I have four children who live in the Pottsville area who are using the service.”

Mrs Norton's application to start the centre at the Baptist church in Cabarita Beach was rejected by Tweed Shire Council late last year, and not long after the mother of three received an offer to start the service at Banora Point Primary from its principal Dean Files.

“This is the first time the school has had this service,” she said.

“At the moment we have 10 to 15 students each school day and about 20 kids booked in for vacation care, although we have enough places for 55.

“I just love being around the kids and I feel my job is to help nurture them, just like their parents; but they're busy with work.”

With activities such as dance, tennis and tae kwon do offered to the students, Mrs Norton said she has based the centre's curriculum on Steiner principals, which nurture a pupil's individual talent.

“The best reward is when a parent tells me that their child couldn't wait to come to school because they would get to go to Little Grommets,” Mrs Norton said.

For more information about the service phone Mrs Norton on 0411 199049 or (02) 6676 4901.

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