Ebony Davey, 8, of Wynnum and Laura Shaw, 12, of Manly, try out the bright and colourful sensory area at The Cubby House, a new children’s-only respite retreat in Birkdale. Photo by Chris McCormackTUCKED away on a shaded property in Birkdale is a new children’s-only respite retreat, called The Cubby House, that was officially opened last week.
Filled with all the things most kids would love, including a floating trampoline on a picturesque lake, a giant slingshot for flying out into the water, an arts and crafts shed, a banana forest, bedrooms that really do resemble cubby houses, an outdoor projector for movies under the stars, and much more, the retreat caters to families of children with disabilities.
Owner and director Alex Shaw, of Manly, said The Cubby House was a sister to the Wynnum respite house for people with cognitive impairment, Tea-cup Cottage, which she has owned for about two years with her husband David, a quadriplegic.
She said the self- funded, not-for-profit facility at Birkdale could accommodate up to five children at a time, depending on their needs, with most children staying two to three days at a time.
“There’s a need for this kind of place,” Alex said.
“We had children coming to Tea-cup Cottage, but we couldn’t have adults and children in the same place at the same time, so we realised something had to be done for the children that they needed their own place.”
Alex said while The Cubby House was set in “a beautiful space”, the retreat wasn’t just “a safe place in a pretty environment”.
“We look at everything here and take a holistic approach, including dietary management,” she said.
“It’s about giving children the right to just be themselves and not feel that they don’t have a place in society.
“We offer them dignity and respect and it’s also about allowing families to have some time out, while knowing their children are safe and well cared for.”
Alex said The Cubby House staff included social workers, psychologists and carers, with all staff holding a minimum of a Certificate III in Disabilities, and having undergone relevant police background checks.
Member for Bowman Andrew Laming, who opened the retreat, called the facility “one of a kind”.
“It’s a world class respite centre for kids, and it offers a chance for the children to heal in a place of complete positivity,” he said.
The Cubby House was the second stage of three respite retreats, with a third The Lemon Tree having opened at Wakerley on Monday.
For information about The Cubby House, visit the Tea-cup Cottage website at www.tea-cupcottage苏州美睫培训, or for enquiries or bookings, phone Alex on 0409 896 311.
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