No staff to meet growing demand
AS a growing number of newcomers pour into the town, demand for childcare in Moranbah is high.
Moranbah's Simply Sunshine Childcare director Amanda Stephan said the centre had parents asking about new enrolments on a daily basis and children were on a waiting list.
"I think, because there are a lot of people who have just moved here, they don't have that family support that other families get," Ms Stephan said.
"Sometimes mums and dads just need to spend a little time away from their kids."
Although Moranbah is at the centre of the resource boom, the town has struggled to attract workers for essential services such as childcare providers.
"It's well known that the rents are high in Moranbah," Ms Stephan said.
"We are a not-for-profit organisation. We can't offer huge salaries."
Ms Stephan said her staff members were hard-working but attracting new staff was often difficult.
However, while the influx of new people has increased the demand of childcare, it has also brought potential new staff to the area.
The Moranbah PCYC, which was forced to close its doors earlier this year in April due to a lack of staff, could soon be hiring.
Moranbah PCYC Acting Sergeant Kelsie Henderson said she didn't want to speculate on a timeframe but there was a great new candidate looking to fill a position.
"She has just moved to Moranbah with her family... there have been some changes, so she is just getting her qualifications up to date," she said.
"The hardest position to fill was the full-time co-ordinator role.
"We are looking for other general supervisor staff, but that probably won't be too difficult to find."
"We cared for about 30 kids in vocational and after-school hours care."