Childcare fees could rise by $33-a-day
Some childcare providers expect to have to raise fees by as much as $33 per child per day when new federal government employment rules come into force.
The government has pledged to ensure childcare centres employ more and better qualified staff from next year, meaning providers may have to hike fees and cut places to make up for rising workforce costs.
A survey of 170 centres in New South Wales by Guild Accountacy found that fees for children aged under two would have to rise by an average of 30 per cent – or $20.56 per day – from next year to meet the cost of hiring extra staff.
In addition, it found that 36 per cent of centres expect to cut the number of childcare places they offer in order to offset the impact of the cost increases.
Australian Childcare Alliance president Gwynn Bridge told the Daily Telegraph that the government would have to increase benefits to help parents cope with the hike in fees.
Rising living costs have prompted more Aussies to compare debit cards in search of safer spending options. Under the government’s childcare plans, the staff-to-child ratios for under-twos will be cut from one carer for every five children to one carer for every four from next year.
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