Byron4Kids – Going Forward

Hello everyone,

It’s getting closer to school holidays. Queensland are in their first week and NSW public schools last day of term is this Friday 3 July. More and more places are opening their doors as restrictions lift and school holidays activities and events are being planned.

Exciting stuff!

I have some news too (no, I’m not pregnant!!) but I do have something to share with you about Byron4Kids going forward.

In my last post, I shared with you how, following COVID-19, both my husband and I suddenly found ourselves with no work, applying for job seekers allowance, freezing our mortgage repayments and forfeiting a hugely anticipated family holiday (receiving no refund but credits to be used within the next 1 to 2 years depending on the airline).

This significant deficit in our monthly income has led me to search and apply for other work and I am happy to say I have been offered a position starting on Monday 6 July. This new position is considerably more hours and more driving distance than my previous part-time job which has led me to review the status of Byron4Kids.com.au and what to do going forward.

Shutting up shop and closing this ‘chapter’ would be the easiest thing to do and although I’m all for creating an easier life, doing that just didn’t sit well with me. I have considered a number of options and outcomes and have come to the conclusion that in order to keep this well-frequented, community-focused website going post-Covid 19, I have to make some changes to the way it operates.

These changes will mainly come from a reduction in Byron4kids own social media posting.

As things pick up, I will post once a week. Outside of school holidays, this post will generally contain fun stuff for kids and families to access over the weekend. During school holidays, it will probably be a brief overview of the week ahead.

However, instead of me researching, creating and writing a detailed, daily social media post about kid and family friendly activities & events, I will simply be sharing social media posts from the platforms of the wonderful businesses, organisations and individuals that list their activities and events on Byron4Kids. If you want more details on an event – they’ll be on the What’s On Guide.

The ever popular What’s On Guide will remain pretty much the same. School holiday events and activities will be listed on there with times, dates, age range suitability, price, description, contact details and booking links making it as easy as possible for you to book a spot for your kid(s).

As always, I’d be grateful for your input – emailing / messaging me about upcoming events and activities that I can add/share with the local community.

Please note, it will probably take me longer to respond to emails and enquiries as my available time is considerably less than it was, but I will respond.

On another note, if there are any of you out there that would like to contribute  some content –  such as a relevant blog post – please get in touch.  -Eg perhaps you completed a wonderful walking trail with your kids, took some photos and would like to share that with others so they can also have the opportunity to enjoy that experience . Perhaps a playground has been upgraded and you have photos and information about the new look / equipment. Or maybe there’s a new Playgroup or Youth Group to add to the list. I won’t be able to get out there and photograph it or check out the amenities etc and snap some pics… but you might.  Before I forget – if you do take snaps to send in, landscape photos work best on the website!

Once again, many, many thanks to you for your understanding and support during these uncertain and trying times we all face and my very best wishes to you all going forward.

Michelle 💗