Tears for Brit Beginners

THERE were tears shed on Monday after the BRIT Beginners child care centre closed its doors.

A child care worker, who did not wish to be named, said it was a very sad day.

"It's not nice," she said.

"The children shouldn't have to go through this."

The woman said she had worked at the centre for almost two decades and was devastated about the centre's closure.

"It's terrible," she said.

"It's the end of a community.

"We came in on the weekend because we actually have to pack up stuff and get it ready for people from other centre's to come in and buy it so it's been a very slow death.

"I noticed on Saturday that the name has even gone from the door - that's before we've even left the place so I'm a bit disappointed with that."

The woman said she had not secured another job.

"It's very daunting," she said.

"To be told in November that you're going to be closed down has been very hard."

A Bendigo TAFE spokesman said seven families had children at the centre on Monday.

"All children have been placed with alternative providers or have made other care arrangements," he said.

"We are appreciative of the support and cooperation of child care providers throughout the Bendigo region and the City of Greater Bendigo in the assistance they have provided in placement for children and employment opportunities for impacted staff."

Last year parents were handed a letter explaining the move, signed by Bendigo TAFE chief executive officer Peter Coyne.

"We understand this decision may create difficulties for some parents and our staff and management are committed to helping you where possible over the coming months to transition to a new service," the letter read.

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