TAKING ACTION

A GROUP of concerned parents are resolute in their mission to open a community-run childcare centre, saying they will overcome all set-backs.

Since Bendigo TAFE's announcement last week to close the BRIT Beginners childcare centre, parents have banded together to find a solution.

The parent working group hopes to take over the lease of the existing centre.

But parent Carla Mayman says Bendigo TAFE has refused the application.

She will lead the group in a meeting with Bendigo TAFE chief executive Peter Coyne today to urge him to reconsider.

Questions were directed to Bendigo TAFE, which did not return repeated calls yesterday.

Ms Mayman said it was a viable option to open a community-run childcare centre, due to the demand for services and willingness of parents to contribute.

"We were hoping Bendigo TAFE would extend the operation of the childcare centre but we accept their decision on that," she said.

"What we cannot accept is their refusal to lease the building to us.

"It wouldn't cost them anything and we're not looking to profit from this. 

“We just need a childcare centre where our children can go. They haven't told us a reason why we can't take over the lease so you wonder about their agenda."

She said there was unanimous support from fellow parents to open a replacement centre.

"There are a few requirements you have to meet and licences you need but we're not prepared to see it go under."

What we cannot accept is their refusal to lease the building to us.

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