Disadvantaged areas to get lower childcare fees
Families pleased to hear about new proposal to ease the costs
DISCOUNTED fees at some Blacktown Council childcare centres are being considered to ease the burden for local families.
A proposal before the council tonight aims to ease the financial burden of childcare fees for more disadvantaged areas such as Blackett.
Over the next three years, the fees could be lowered or set at variable rates.
The move aims to increase enrolments at selected centres to seven more children each day, which would generate extra annual revenue of $122,500.
The plan also aims to make council-run childcare more visible and competitive as opposed to privately run centres.
Dino De Guzman sends his daughter Ella to the Blackett centre and welcomed the new plans. The family made the move to the centre from private care two years ago.
“Right now it is a pretty good rate, where we used to send her in Greenacre it was more,” Mr De Guzman said.
“But that would be very very good if they did (decrease the cost) and I think everyone here would agree.”
Mother-of-three Jessica Broderick said the family discounts would really help.
“The boys have been coming here for two years and Zavier wakes me up every morning begging me to come to school, they love it here,” she said.
“I have a third child who is eight months old and will be coming here next year, so that would really benefit us.”
Dino De Guzman with daughter Ella, 4, Jessica Broderick with sons Zavier, 4, and Bentley, 3, and Sarah Davies with son Noah, 3, at Blackett Child Care Centre.