MOST 25th birthday parties don’t feature games of pin the tail on the donkey, face painting or cup cakes, but all three were popular as Occasional Childcare celebrated the milestone yesterday.
Therese Wallis, who has worked at the centre for 16 years, said there were plenty of celebrations at the centre.
“We’ve been going all week,” she said. “We’ve had about five old staff coming in each day this week swapping stories with us and bringing in old photos.”
Ms Wallis said the centre was the only occasional centre open each weekday in Ballarat and provided parents much-needed flexibility.
“We often have parents call and ask if we have a spot for a couple of hours, just so they can get to an appointment or run some errands,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun and even if those families never come back, at least they know we’re here for when they need us.”
Purpose-built in 1988 to provide short-term and respite care for non-working parents, the Armstrong Street North facility has provided an alternative, flexible, centre-based service without the cost of a permanent childcare booking.
Occasional Childcare provides education and care to children from six weeks to five years old and operates under the same national regulations and quality standards as long day care centres. Care is available in two-hour blocks for up to eight hours.
For more information or to make an appointment, phone 5364 2720.