South picks up ABC Grafton North slack

ABC GRAFTON North child care centre could still be granted a lifeline later this month but already at least one other centre is feeling the pinch after taking on extra children this year.

South Grafton New School of Arts did not make a formal expression of interest to take over the Arthur Street ABC centre, but seems to have picked up the slack, with the South Grafton centre now at capacity and 20 children on the waiting list yesterday.

New School of Arts general manager Skye Sear said the centre would look at expanding, but with the highest demand in the 0 to two-year-old age bracket, expansion would require extra staffing levels.

ABC Grafton North was one of 241 ABC Learning centres, known as the ABC2 group, found to be unviable under the ABC business model late last year. All 241 centres will be kept open with aid from the Federal Government until March 31.

The formal expression of interest process to buy the centres closed on January 21, with 470 bidders making non-binding offers on one or more of the ABC2 centres. Bidders have been short-listed, with the strongest candidates to lodge binding offers by February 25.

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