Dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas to get lower child­care fees

Fam­i­lies pleased to hear about new pro­posal to ease the costs

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ox­ford and Jil­lian McKee

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.”

Pic­ture: David Swift

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.

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