An influx of day care centres across Toowoomba in the past 12 months has seen a number of new operators invest in the region along with long standing local property investors branching into the sector, according to Toowoomba developer and investor Barry Bernoth. “The child care market is a growing industry across Australia and in family-focused cities like Toowoomba, we are bound to continue requiring new additions to the city to keep up with demand,” said Bernoth.

Originally based in Chinchilla, Charley’s Place day care centres has since grown into the Toowoomba region opening and expanding with two centres in the past year. Plans are also in place to open further Charley’s Place centres across the region in 2019 and 2020. Charley’s Place Co-Owner Pete Hewett said he had never expected such an expasion. “When we established Charley’s Place on the banks of Charley’s Creek in Chinchilla over 10 years ago, we never thought we would have two state of the art centres now in operation in Toowoomba, along with plans for a further two to open in the coming years,” said Hewett. “Our Redwood centre has been ideally positioned for residents of East Toowoomba, Rangeville, Mount Lofty and Withcott. While our Margaret street centre provides another option to the growing number of CBD workers and residents. This particular site in Redwood we knew would readily service families in Toowoomba but also at the base of the range who commute to the CBD daily.”

Increased government assistance has boosted industry revenue across the childcare sector, while population growth expectancy has driven an influx of new centres along with residential development trends. New families formed the largest buyer market of home purchasers across the Darling Downs in 2018.

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