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    [color=green:3e90f92855][b:3e90f92855]Children's hotel offers 24-hour childcare [/b:3e90f92855][/color:3e90f92855]
    01 May 2006

    Round-the-clock childcare has arrived in New Zealand. Parents and childhood education experts said it was a reflection of changing work patterns and family arrangements, the New Zealand Herald reported today. Aucklander Sandra Jane has gained Auckland City Council consent to use two floors of a Parnell apartment block as a 24-hour facility and "kids' hotel" catering for up to 75 children aged between three months and 14 years.

    The 24-hour concept is believed to be the first in New Zealand, although it is common in countries like the United States, the newspaper said. Ms Jane's centre, Miracles, will offer membership-based casual care for children 24 hours a day, a preschool programme for the under-sixes, and a programme for school-aged children before and after school ? and during the holidays seven days a week.

    Parents can also opt for their children to have overnight stays, where they can be shuttled by centre staff to school the next day with a packed lunch if required. Children can also be booked for week-long stays if parents have to head out of town.

    Ms Jane told the newspaper many families faced time pressures and parents who worked might find themselves sometimes needing to leave their children in daycare for longer than anticipated, and with meals catered for. Twenty parents have already registered their interest.

    Early Childhood Council chief executive Sue Thorne said it was a new concept in New Zealand, although the ability to have a 24-hour licence had always been available. "I think it will come down to whether or not the demand is there."

    Ms Thorne said only six hours a day was subsidised by the Government, making it expensive for operators to provide more hours of care. Parent Teacher Association president Diane O'Sullivan said parents used to be able to rely on extended family or friends for help, but that was changing as families became more isolated.
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    Naaah. Even if it is then they'd be better there than with there non-caring parents in my humble opinion.

    Tell you what it is tho, a tragedy waiting to happen. When you consider the average parent has 2-3 children to watch, if one person is watching more children even in a safe environment accidents will happen. School trips are always in the news for this reason (certainly in the UK). Wouldn't catch me taking my kids there anyway, for sure.

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    [color=darkred:3ceddbc54b][b:3ceddbc54b]Parents lashed over kids? hotel [/b:3ceddbc54b][/color:3ceddbc54b]
    02.05.06
    By Errol Kiong

    A families advocate has called the introduction of 24-hour childcare "sad", describing it as an outcome of selfish parenting and faulty Government policy. Bob McCoskrie, national director of Family First Lobby, said the plans of Aucklander Sandra Jane to open a 24-hour childcare facility and children?s hotel in Parnell highlighted the need for a debate on current childcare policies.

    Ms Jane has gained council consent to use two floors of a Heather St apartment block to run Miracles, which will cater for children aged from 3 months to 14 years. Day care and evening babysitting facilities would be available, and children aged between 4 years and 14 years could be booked in for overnight stays.

    Parents and childhood education experts said the venture was a sign of changing work patterns and family arrangements, but Mr McCoskrie said 24-hour childcare was "simply parental selfishness".

    "I sometimes question why adults bother to have children if they aren?t prepared to be parents. Children involve sacrifice, change of lifestyle, and more of a ?we? focus than a ?me? focus," he said. "The sad part is we?re thinking only about the adults ... no one?s looking at what effects it will have on the kids."

    Overseas research has found children in daycare were more likely to have behavioural problems, he said. Mr McCoskrie accepted that some parents might need such services, but said Government policy also needed to make things easier for parents to raise their children without relying heavily on childcare.

    Ms Jane said her centre would give parents vital quality time together. "[The parents] are happier, in which case the children are happier, and if the children are happy in my kid?s hotel, the parents are going to be happy. That circle just keeps going." She had no plans for a time limit on a child?s length of stay at her children?s hotel, but did not expect parents to book their children in for long periods.
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