ECE services are funded directly per hour per child and can charge parents any amount they wish on top of the funding received by government.
Funding does not go to the child or parent. The ECE service can determine the hours of enrolment and when a child must attend in order to access it, along with the fees and additional charges it will require families to pay. The current funding system supports the use of non-parental childcare over childcare by parents and supporting parents to be involved with their child's education.
This page presents proposals for giving families more choice.
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