After-school care in jeopardy
PORTLAND’S only group after-school care program for primary-aged children could be cut back unless it gets used more.
Alicia Pratt, the outside school hours care manager for Ballarat YMCA – which manages Portland’s program – has written to parents using the service encouraging families to make extra use of the program, otherwise “we will have no option but to either cease or decrease the days of operation or the hours of operation for the After School Care program.”
“YMCA will endeavour to support the service operating until the end of term four,” she added in the letter.
However, the letter was met with concern from locals; several emails had been sent to the YMCA raising concerns that the service would be abolished, she said.
Bundarra Primary School principal Tara Hulonce and All Saints Parish School principal Olga Lyons said the program was valuable for their families, and it would be a shame if services had to be reduced.
“It operates very smoothly for our school and would be a shame if it were to fold,” Ms Hulonce said.
“It’s a great service: they do a great job, a variety of activities and get children to do their homework,” Ms Lyons added.