New owners for ABC centre

THE fate of Gympie Southside's ABC Learning Centre along Ramsey Road has been decided with the business being taken over by Kids In Care.

Court-appointed receivers PPB media liaison Ben Jarvis said Kids In Care met all the requirements and would, above all, keep the doors of the childcare centre open.

PPB's Stephen Parbery yesterday announced that operators had been identified for the vast majority of ABC2 child care centres.

“I am pleased to announce that future operators have been identified for 210 ABC2 centres from the original 241 centres, or more than 87 percent of all centres” Mr Parbery said. “This is an excellent outcome, particularly as all of these centres were assessed by the ABC Receiver, McGrathNicol as not being viable under the ABC Learning Business model.”

All parents and employees of ABC2 centres will now be advised in writing of the future of their centre. “We and the new operators still have more work to do to settle contracts, arrange licenses and transition the centres to new ownership, but are confident these will be in place by May 15 2009,” said Mr Parbery.

More than 80 percent of employees are expected to be offered employment with new operators or one of the ABC Learning Centres under the control of McGrathNicol.

Ongoing quality care for over 90 percent of the children in ABC2 centres across Australia was achieved.

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