Child­care fees low­ered ‘ in thanks’

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A CHILD­CARE cen­tre has slashed fees to sup­port the com­mu­nity with the ris­ing costs of rais­ing a fam­ily.

Com­mu­nity Kids Heat­ley Early Education Cen­tre has re­duced its fees by up to $ 34.50 a day, with fees down to $ 90 a day for those at­tend­ing 1- 2 days, $ 80 a day for 3- 4 days and $ 70 a day for five days.

Man­ager Lee Skin­ner said the in­dus­try tended to in­crease rates each year but her cen­tre took a “bold step” to make child care more af­ford­able for fam­i­lies.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the costs of rais­ing a fam­ily, so we are re­duc­ing our fee to do our part and say thank you for the con­tin­ued sup­port of our lo­cal com­mu­nity,” she said.

“We have never done this be­fore and it’s un­heard of in the in­dus­try, how­ever, it’s our way of giv­ing back and grow­ing the sense of com­mu­nity we have here.

“We re­ally do hope these new fees will help our cur­rent fam­i­lies and new fam­i­lies who need child care to be able ac­cess our ser­vices and make it more af­ford­able.”

RACHEL RI­LEY

FAM­ILY FO­CUS: Lee Skin­ner with Harper- Jane James, 3, Mia Busby, 3, and Vis­esio Sakaria, 4. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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