BY OLIVIA PORTELL
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is planning to overcome the current struggle to keep up with demand for long day care centres in the area.
With five centres already up and running, they are looking to expand to twenty over the next five years.
Diocese CEO Sean Scanlon says there are plans all for the whole region.
"We've got a number of sites already ear-marked, we've got development applications approved, we've got agreements to take over some existing centres so whilst it's optimistic, or perhaps even ambitious, it's probably not outside the realms of possibility," he says.
"We've got plans to be in Raymond Terrace at the beginning of next year, we'll be in Maitland where we're also setting up a training centre so we can train staff. Gillieston Heights will be following that as well as Muswellbrook, Scone, and the expansion of our existing centre in Newcastle West, so we're looking to be across the region."
The new plans come after three centres were opened this year in Chisholm, Cardiff and Lochinvar.