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We have received queries from parents who are being charged for public holidays. This is an issue for parents and one that seems to require discussion and debate.
The parents who have asked us about this are not happy to be charged for childcare when their ECE service is closed. They are subsiding parents whose children are regularly booked in on days that are not typically public holidays (i.e. not Mondays or Fridays). They are also paying for childcare they do not receive and this especially affects low-income families and parents who are casual workers, not working, or who are not eligible for holiday pay. Parents see that payment for other tuition activities such as swimming lessons is not required to be made when the tuition is not provided. They see that ECE services that are closed over term breaks and for Christmas do not charge fees when they are closed.
But from the perspective of an ECE centre owner one still has staff wages, rent and other overheads to pay.
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