Long-Day Childcare Centre proposed for North-West Coast

March 12, 2024 10:50 am in by

A leading Tasmanian early childhood education and care provider wants to open a long-day centre on the North-West Coast to cater for up to 100 children.

Lady Gowrie Tasmania, which employs over 600 people statewide, running 54 programmes catering for four and a half-thousand children is proposing to build the new centre at Cotton Street at Latrobe.

The organisation runs programmes in the South, North, and the East Coast, with its only current North-West presence at Ulverstone, where it provides training and consultancy services as well as inclusion support programmes.

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It’s approached the Latrobe Council with proposal to build the day care centre on council-owned vacant land near the Latrobe CBD.

In a letter contained in a report to be tabled at Tuesday night’s Latrobe Council monthly meeting for March, the organisation says demand on the North-West Coast for the services it provides far outweighs supply.

The organisation says the data aligns with feedback from its staff on the ground and further highlights the significant un-met demand for early childhood education and care services on the North-West Coast.

The report recommends the council support the proposal in principle and commence negotiations on the sale of the land.