ALL SMILES: Save the Children's Peta Nichol (back) keeps the kids entertained at a Child Friendly Space located at the Bundaberg Evacuation Centre Photo Contributed
ALL SMILES: Save the Children's Peta Nichol (back) keeps the kids entertained at a Child Friendly Space located at the Bundaberg Evacuation Centre Photo Contributed Contributed

Kid centre to stay open for flood-hit

SAVE the Children's Child Friendly Space in flood-damaged Bundaberg will remain open into late February to continue to provide support for families affected by the floods.

The Child Friendly Space, located at the Bundaberg Evacuation Centre, functions as a drop-in playgroup where children can play with educational toys, read books with teachers and socialise with other children which gives parents time to take care of other matters.

Save the Children regional manager Peta Nichol said so far 234 children have been enrolled at Save the Children's six Child Friendly Spaces, which were set up in affected areas in southeast Queensland following the Australia Day weekend floods.

"While the floodwaters have receded, many people are still struggling to rebuild their lives," she said.

"Save the Children's Child Friendly Spaces give parents an opportunity to get their affairs in order, like sorting out their insurance while we provide high-quality care for their children."

Ms Nichol said of the 234 children enrolled, about 150 were enrolled in Bundaberg alone and ranged in ages from 2-3 months to 13 years.

"We have been here since the floods," she said.

Ms Nichol said the feedback from parents and children was fantastic.

"We offer children a protected space to make new friends," she said.

"They can also improve children's psychosocial wellbeing by helping to re-establish routine, providing support and a sense of stability, as well as giving an opportunity to simply play.

Ms Nichol said they were currently only helping families at Bundaberg Showgrounds.
 



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