Help with childcare

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

A new childcare facility for families of Fortescue Metals Group employees has opened in Perth to help employees balance work and family.

Team members based in Port Hedland have also had access to family day care units through FMG’s partnership with One Tree.

FMG chief executive Nev Power said the Fortescue Family Room would offer a welcoming and encouraging environment for women.

“We want to make real change by providing practical solutions to support women and parents in the workplace,” he said.

Mr Power said research confirmed stay-at-home mothers and part-time working women offered untapped potential for individual businesses and the economy.

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General manager of Fortescue People Linda O’Farrell said the on-site service, which included professional supervision from a third-party provider, would provide short-term care for children of Fortescue employees. “We are exploring the various services the creche can offer, including offering the 24-hour integrated operations centre employees night-time supervision of their children,” she said.

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