In a massive boost for one small community, and thanks to significant funding from the volunteer farming organisation 'Farming for Kids', Spring Ridge children who attend preschool and school will now have access to affordable after-school-care - three days per-week.
Pippi Beer, who has been seeking support to establish a service of this kind for the township for over two years, is delighted by the support.
"There is a current need - not just in Spring Ridge but across our district - for easily accessible after-school-care for children," Ms Beer said.
"This service offers families the opportunity to work in professional careers and for children to interact with other their age."
The new service will be operated by the New England North West - Child minding service, which has been running the crèche at the Spring Ridge gym on a weekly basis since 2018.
"We are delighted to have this service coming to Spring Ridge in 2022 and would like to thank 'Farming for Kids' for giving us the opportunity to establish this opportunity that will support local children," Ms Beer said.
'Farming for Kids' is a volunteer group which raises funds by growing, harvesting and selling crops grown on land leased from the Liverpool Plains Shire Council, near the Quirindi airport.
To date the charity has donated over $100,000 to the community in aid of local children, with further provisions to meeting future scholarship commitments.
Anyone interested in using the after-school-care service can contact Pippi Beer on 0437 427 137.
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