Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:08

Western Sydney families must not carry higher childcare costs – WSROC

Media Release 10th October 2011

The Federal Government must look urgently at introducing higher childcare rebates for low income families to offset a predicted $110 weekly rise in the cost of private childcare, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils said yesterday.


Responding to a report which found that new staffing levels due to come into force in January would most likely result in private centres increasing fees to cover the costs, WSROC President Alison McLaren said many families in Western Sydney would find it difficult to pay.

“A chronic shortage of affordable childcare places means that many families have no choice but to rely on expensive private centres,” Clr McLaren said.

“Our figures show that many Western Sydney families already need two full-time incomes in order to make ends meet and a lot of them are forced to commute long distances to get to work which makes them totally dependent on the availability of long day care services.”

We strongly support the increased ratio of staff to children as it will provide a better quality of care, “ Clr Mclaren said. “But providing the quality of care should be the responsibility of the centre – and they can’t simply pass the cost on to families who are already struggling so that these private centres can maintain their profit levels.

Clr McLaren noted that many centres planned to cut places, especially in the high-staff ration 0-2 age bracket in order to keep their running costs down.

“This is simply unacceptable,” she said. “Most mothers of young babies and toddlers would prefer not to work long hours or full time – the huge demand for these kinds of childcare places is symptomatic of the fact that Western Sydney families are already struggling under increased electricity charges and rising costs of living.”

“The Government needs to step in now and increase the rebate for low income families to ensure that they are not disadvantaged by the new staffing rules.




Contact: Clr Alison McLaren, WSROC President on 0410 441 842
Media Inquiries Karin Bishop, Acting CEO on 0417 239 539

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