Childcare at LCA

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A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far … hold on. Let’s start that again. A long, long time ago, when the LCA 2013 team were first talking about putting a bid together (ah! We were so young and innocent then!), one of the big things we wanted to make sure we got right was making the conference accessible for parents and their children. We understand that not all parents have a partner who can (or want to!) take the kids on the partners’ programme, that sometimes both parents are interested in the conference, and that childcare for a week in January can often be difficult, expensive, or just impossible. Many of our core organisers have children, and it’s a problem we’ve all had to deal with in different ways at some stage.

With all that in mind, we’ve decided to continue what LCA Ballarat started, and provide a childcare room not too far away from the main conference venue where you can chill out with the kids, put them down for a nap, feed them, or give them a little time to play (and you a little time to sit down!). We’re taking it one step further, though, by also providing qualified and certified childcare workers to be in the room as well. Of course, you’re welcome to stay with your children for as long as you want to, but when you want to head out to that talk, you can do so safe in the knowledge that your children are in good hands.

We intend to stock the room with a whole bunch of fun things, including toys, video games, and DVDs. We also hope to be able to offer some bedding for naps (for the little people!), and some supervised outdoor play time.

For more information, and to get specific details about the childcare arrangement for the conference, you need to be on the parents mailing list. This is also the place where parents can discuss their arrangements, and make sure that the conference is going to be just as much of a party for their children as it is for the big people. Sign up here: http://lists.lca2013.linux.org.au/mailman/listinfo/parents_lists.lca2013.linux.org.au

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