Morpeth Public School to open Out of School Hours childcare on October 10

FUNDING: Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald with Morpeth Public School principal Peter Edmonds and students.

FUNDING: Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald with Morpeth Public School principal Peter Edmonds and students.

Morpeth Public School will open a new childcare program on the first day of term four.

School principal Peter Edmonds said they found an overwhelming need for the service through a community survey.

The school applied for funding to upgrade school facilities to allow for the Out of School Hours (OOSH) childcare.

The NSW Government came through with a $30,000 grant, which will go towards lighting, heating, fans and storage.

Mr Edmonds said the upgrades would ensure the space was safe and comfortable for all.

“We had the demand and we have the facility, the grant will just make it much more pleasant,” Mr Edmonds said.

“We’re going to make sure we’ve got a really top quality facility.”

Parliamentary secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast Scot MacDonald said the school put up a great submission for the funding.

“This funding is sure to make a big difference to the Morpeth community, helping to provide more places in out of school hours care for local families,” Mr MacDonald said.

Mr Edmonds said they expected about 15-20 students to utilise the service to begin with.

The OOSH childcare will be run by Camp Australia, who have already been into the school to run workshops for parents.

The service will be open from 6.30am before school and until 6pm after school.

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