Child­care poses huge prob­lem in Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - Philippe Coquerand

CHILD care is an im­por­tant is­sue fac­ing many fam­i­lies in the Bur­nett re­gion with a lack of ser­vices, and the con­cern is ev­i­dent.

Fam­i­lies face the angst of lo­cat­ing a child care for their child and some­times have to wait a few years be­fore they are al­lowed in the sys­tem.

I re­cently read through the coun­cil’s re­port on the prob­lem and found it was one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing par­ents, along with the cur­rent child care re­bate which cov­ers 50% of child care ex­penses be­ing scrapped by July 2 of 2018.

De­spite the new scheme that is aimed at sup­port­ing hard work­ing fam­i­lies, other fam­i­lies will be left off worse. I have a six-year-old niece and a one-and-a-half-year-old nephew who live in Bris­bane and find­ing a child care cen­tre is not as dif­fi­cult for their par­ents as it is for those liv­ing in the re­gions.

I un­der­stand the govern­ment is do­ing its best to help, but those in ru­ral ar­eas tend to be the for­got­ten ones.

The is­sue of child care is not an easy topic to dis­cuss as it’s not a one-step so­lu­tion. It may seem easy to build an­other cen­tre, how­ever you need the re­sources and money from the govern­ment.

As well as that, you need to have the right amount of chil­dren and fam­ily day­care car­ers to make it work.

We’d be in­ter­ested to hear what you have to say on the is­sue of child­care. Let us know if it is a prob­lem for you by email­ing me on the above ad­dress.

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