Daycare centre thrown a lifeline after Shire supports Little Possums to stay

 Kelly Oliver, of Stoneville, with her two-year-old daughter Charlotte, at the rally to keep Little Possums open. Picture: David Baylis
Kelly Oliver, of Stoneville, with her two-year-old daughter Charlotte, at the rally to keep Little Possums open. Picture: David Baylis

LITTLE Possums child care centre in Mundaring has been thrown a lifeline after Shire of Mundaring councillors voted to keep the centre at its current location.

A rally was held at the Craigie Street centre last week to protest a decision by Mundaring Sharing to close the daycare centre on February 1, 2019.

Shire President John Daw said he was pleased the council last night arrived at a decision that would allow both Little Possums Daycare Incorporated and Mundaring Sharing to continue delivering important services to the community.

“Both groups are an integral part of our local community, offering invaluable wellbeing, social and educational outcomes to local residents and their families,” he said.

“Council has listened and considered the best interests of all parties involved.

“Moving forward, provisions can now be made for the creation of two separate leases, allowing Little Possums to run a childcare centre and Mundaring Sharing to continue running an adult learning centre at 3 Craigie Street, Mundaring.”

The Little Possums Daycare service is currently run by Mundaring Sharing, which recently told the Shire it was no longer able to provide the service due to the legal responsibilities associated with being an approved childcare provider.

Cr Daw said Little Possums Daycare Incorporated was now invited to submit a business case to the Shire to operate a childcare centre.

Once the business case has been received, a report will be prepared for the council to consider.