Daycare in sight for town ‘lacking’ childminding options
A hinterland town is poised to gain a second childcare centre to cater for its "considerable" deficit in child minding capacity.
Brisbane-based Vincent Paul Ferraro, director of Bridgeman Enterprises Pty Ltd and Primo Property, plans to build a 79 place centre at Mooloolah Valley.
It is earmarked for a site on Mooloolah Rd, two blocks away from existing childcare Little Munchkins Early Learning Centre.
According to the needs assessment report prepared for Mr Ferraro, the existing centre is the only long day care in the Mooloolah Valley major catchment.
It supplies 44 placements to an estimated market of 394 children under five years old.
An audit revealed there were "very limited vacancies" available.
The report also said centres in surrounding suburbs were either near or at capacity.
It said the Mooloolah area had a "very high" supply to demand ration of 8.98 children to every one space available with about 106 places demanded each day.
"Local families requiring childcare have very limited options in Mooloolah and must travel elsewhere, make alternative informal arrangements or address their childcare needs, or go without," the report read.
"At current forecasts, it's estimated that in order to address the existing under supply, improve local childcare self-containment and adequately service the forecast growth in demand to 2025, an additional centre of between 70 to 90 childcare places is needed."
The report also said the existing centre was on land owned by Queensland Rail and was earmarked for resumption to make way for road infrastructure in support of the Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade project.
"The potential closure of this service increases the need for alternative childcare options in Mooloolah," it stated.
A search of Google Maps showed about nine centres in nearby towns.
Kinder Marlee in Landsborough and Goodstart Early Learning Centre Maleny were the closest.
The childcare centre will operate between 6.30am and 6.30pm Monday to Friday should it be by Sunshine Coast Council.
Architectural plans show a full-service facility with five activity rooms, sleep room, staff break room, laundry, kitchen, storerooms, reception and office areas, three children's bathrooms and 618sq m of outdoor play area.
Primo Property also completed the retail shopping centre in Mooloolah Valley in 1980 and is currently building the Mooloolah Valley IGA.
The development company also has residential projects coming soon at Moffat Beach, Golden Beach and Sunrise Beach.