WORKING parents living in Nundle can now breathe a collective sigh of relief following the official opening of the village’s first out-of-school-hours care facility.
About 30 residents, students and members of the community development committee (CDC) were on hand to see CDC president Geoff Cummins cut the ribbon to open the new service.
The facility was given a major test drive on Monday as it officially opened for business and welcomed its first charges.
Nundle P&C worked tirelessly for more than 18 months to secure the crucial before and after school supervision and vacation care, which will be offered to pupils attending the local public school.
Conveniently, students won’t have to travel far to get there either, with the centre housed in a residence just next door to the school.
Principal Ian Worley said the facility was a great community resource that would hopefully entice young families to move to the area.
“Numbers at the school have been increasing continuously and there’s 69 students ... and now they can be looked after,” he said.
“Part of it is to encourage working families with children who want a rural lifestyle to be able to live in Nundle and work at Tamworth.”
The service can cater to a maximum of 15 students and will open at 7am and again at 3pm to 6.30pm school days at a cost of $7 per hour.
Holiday care, which will run from 7.30am to 6.30pm, is charged differently depending on the number of hours the child is in care, but rebates are available for both.
Professional childcare workers will supervise proceedings during hours of operation.