BAILLIEU’S TAKE-A-BREAK CUTS FORCE UP CHILDCARE FEES

Posted on 19. Oct, 2011 in News

Parents in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs could be forced to pay more for occasional childcare or miss out completely because the Baillieu Government is refusing to reinstate funding for the Take-a-Break program.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews today visited Chelsea Occasional Care to meet with parents, children and childcare workers who have been impacted by the Premier’s decision to cut funding for the
occasional childcare program.

“The Baillieu Government is walking away from families in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs by refusing to fund Take-a-Break,” Mr Andrews said.

“The impact of the Premier’s heartless decision is now starting to be seen across the state, with many centres now closing and others being forced to increase their fees to continue running the
program.

“Parents who send their children to Chelsea Occasional Care have been hit with a fee increase from $15 to $22 so the centre can continue to provide care until the end of the year.

“They are doing every thing in their power to stay open next year.

“It’s disappointing that Mr Baillieu doesn’t understand that his refusal to fund the program is having a real impact on families in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.”

Member for South Eastern Metropolitan Region Lee Tarlamis said the Baillieu Government’s cuts had already forced Longbeach Place to cease occasional care, while the Chelsea Heights Centre would close at the end of the year.

“In Government we understood how important the popular Take-a-Break program was and that’s why we provided the full funding for it,” Mr Tarlamis said.

“State Governments in NSW, Queensland, South Australiaand Western Australia fund their respective occasional childcare programs.

“I’d urge the Premier to visit Chelsea Occasional Care to see first hand the great program they provide parents and children, and maybe then he will reconsider his choice to cut funding.”

 

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