Mothers to Share Child Care; Working from Home If ABC Debacle Comes to the Worst

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Byline: Nikita Watts nikita.watts@capnews.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON mothers, including Tracey West, are preparing to share childcare duties from their homes as the fallout from the ABC Learning Centres collapse continues.

While it was announced on Wednesday that the two ABC Learning childcare centres in North Rockhampton would remain open until March 31 next year, Tracey wants stability for her 21/2-year-old son Max, who attends the Edward Street centre.

"My friend and I have really had enough with the company and mentioned to each other that if worst comes to worst we would look after each other's children on our days off," Tracey said yesterday.

The uncertainty over the future of ABC centres has been a constant source of frustration and Tracey said mothers were prepared to take matters into their own hands.

"First we were told that it (Edward Street centre) will close on December 31 and on Wednesday we got a letter saying it won't close until March 31," she said.

"We've been given letter after letter; it seems like they are just giving us more and more excuses. …

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