RETRO ROLLERS: PCYC kids Ray Cook, Emily McDiarmid, Madeline Fox and Victoria Tissington test their balance in the Retro Skate rink.
RETRO ROLLERS: PCYC kids Ray Cook, Emily McDiarmid, Madeline Fox and Victoria Tissington test their balance in the Retro Skate rink.

Day carers take away the worry

WHEN school returns it can be hard to fall back into the daily grind, and when both parents work full-time, children's full timetables can become a source of concern.

This is where the PCYC's before and after school care can make a real difference in managing your child's daily needs, offering flexible care options from 6.30 -8.30am and after school from 3-6pm.

Sally Archibald of the Whitsunday PCYC said the Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and Hamilton Island PCYCs' after hours care included a wide range of activities.

"We have a full after school program, which offers a range of sports and physical activities, and we offer art and craft and a quiet play area for children who wish to read," she said.

"We also supervise children who need to complete homework on request of parents.

"Our service is fully regulated and all our supervisors are qualified, so you can rest assured that your child's well-being is our greatest concern."

Jubilee Pocket PCYC coordinator Kylie Smith said children attending the Whitsunday branch could access a variety of PCYC external activities at an additional cost.

"These include gymnastics, roller derby and Wild Ones, which is a great way to ensure your child doesn't miss out on extra curricular activities," Ms Smith said.

A healthy afternoon snack is also provided at after school care and breakfast is supplied at before school care.

Children can be collected from the Cannonvale State School, Whitsunday Christian College, St Catherine's and both Proserpine state and high schools.

Ms Archibald said the PCYC after hours care was the perfect answer for time-poor parents worried about leaving their children at home alone.

"The PCYC provides a safe, supervised environment for your child (and) many of the children make great friends here and look forward to attending after hours care," she said.

While the next school holidays may seem like months away, it's never too early to organise vacation care, another service offered by the PCYC.

"We offer full day care over the school holidays, from 7am until 6pm and each PCYC offers an excursion day once a week, where we take the children out for the day," Ms Archibald said.

"This week the children went to Retro Skate in Proserpine for an excursion."

For more information phone the PCYC on 4948 1144 or visit http://www.pcyc.org.au.


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