I realised very early on that if I was to ‘have it all’ – the house, the career, the family – that childcare was going to be a huge part of my life, and so it took us weeks of painstaking effort to find the right childcare centre for our daughter.
After making sure it ticked all the boxes – and the countless hours ensuring she was comfortable in her surroundings – we had 15 months of bliss, knowing she was being properly taken care of in a place she felt safe.
Then, in the early hours of 5 June, it was all gone in a flash.
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This week we woke up to the news that our beloved Kool Kidz Tarneit childcare centre had been hit by a driver and subsequently burnt to the ground overnight.
Knowing everything the owners and teachers had worked hard for over the past two years to make it one of the only exceeding rated childcare centres in the area was gone, was a horrible shock to say the least.
My first reaction is to think that thank goodness it didn’t occur while the centre was operational – but as a parent you can’t even let your mind go to this place. This is meant to be their safe space.
Within eight hours of this tragedy unfolding the centre’s beautiful owners Sam and Ian were able to pick themselves up after losing their business, their everything, and put our children first to find emergency care for 300+ children and families.