Cloncurry is the victim of a state-wide problem when it comes to child care, Cloncurry Shire Council has admitted.
Due to staff relocating in the last 18 months, Council has been struggling to keep its Curry Kids daycare facility operational.
Cloncurry Shire Council CEO David Bezuidenhout said seven educator position were vacant and everything possible was being done in an attempt to fill them.
"It has been an ongoing problem. Council is seeking to fulfill various roles for the Child Care facility and committing significant resources to constantly advertise and recruit through various agencies," Mr Bezuidenhout said.
"We have two Year 12 students helping on a casual basis who have just about completed their qualifications and two young staff members on traineeships, I believe these efforts will strengthen our position going forward.
"With the significant resources that's committed I am confident that we will get the Child Care centre back to capacity."
Mr Bezuidenhout admitted local and new families were missing out on using the facility due to the shortage.
"With staff shortages the Child Care facility cannot run at full capacity, we have to comply with staff to children ratios as per legislation," he said.
"The facility is at 50pc capacity and there are children on a waiting list that cannot be accommodated with current staffing levels.
"We can only go to full capacity once we have all positions filled."
Cloncurry mother Jamie-Lee McConachy has two children at Curry Kids and said if someone new moved to region they would not get any child care.
"There is no room at Curry Kids. I have one child in the kindy room and another in the babies room but he is supposed to be in the toddler room but staffing has changed that," Ms McConachy said.
"The staffing situation hasn't affected us too much but at the start of the year the daycare closed a whole room and sent kids home because they didn't have enough educators.
"It also shut two weeks ago for a day because there was no staff. I had to take time off work which wasn't a big problem but there were other parents who could not accommodate so easily."
Cloncurry Shire Council told local parents and community members the staffing shortage was a state-wide issue.
"We contacted 15 North Queensland daycare facilities like Mount Isa, Townsville, Karumba, Winton, Burketown, Julia Creek and Croydon," Mr Bezuidenhout said.
"All child care facilities in the surrounding regions are experiencing staff shortages. All child care facilities are actively recruiting and are therefore in competition with each other, also attracting skilled staff to regional centres in any vocation is difficult.
"You can tell staffing is an issue across North Queensland as Townsville currently has educators who are FIFO."
However Mr Bezuidenhout said it was unlikely Curry Kids would close.
"Council is very serious about providing a facility to the local community and we will continue to work hard to fill these positions," he said.
"We are working together with parents to put in a big combined effort going ahead.
"Our local staff and young ones involved at Curry Kids are doing a great job, it's their efforts that's making it possible to still have a child care facility.
"My message to everybody, we have to work together, support each other and care for each other."
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