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    Cool Paying a Bond for childcare??

    Hi,
    i went to look at a childcare centre today for my 3yo which looked to be quite impressive, however, they are asking for a bond of $380 plus 2 weeks payment in advance.
    this is suppossed to be paid within 24hrs to secure his spot.
    is this quite normal? as ive never heard of paying a bond for daycare before :s
    he has been to different centres in the past and ive also just finished my studies in childrens services, and i have never heard of a bond?
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    Both centres DS has been to charge a bond. I think it's ridiculous.

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    I think its ridiculous as well.

    Ive heard of FDC doing it but not a centre.

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    I havent heard of it in daycare centres ,some FDC charge a bond but that might be because they dont have a direct debt service. If the daycare is using direct debit and you pay 2 weeks in advance as per normal then I dont see the need for a bond. If you dont get answers from the daycare then try the authority that licences childcare centres in your state and they can tell you if is indeed a chargable fee.

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    thanks,
    krystal lol.
    it is sooo ridiculous, i just cant see why 2 weeks in advance isnt enough??
    they want it within 24hrs to secure his spot, yet he wouldnt even be starting for another few weeks anyway... arghh!!
    so frustrating cause im a single parent and simply cannot afford all this money in advance.
    its by far the best centre ive looked at, yet its the only one asking for a bond

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    Both centers I've been at have asked for child care bond. DS latest centre has waived it though for me and instead of $340, they are only getting me to pay $50

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    What on earth

    Our son is in quite a large daycare centre and there's never been any mention of a bond?! Is this a smaller family daycare thing??

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    nope, big centre of about 100 kids.
    DS was previously in FDC and i was never charged a bond there..

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    I had to pay $680 to secure my sons position at his last daycare and nothing at his new one. The previous centre was far better.

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    My DD goes to a C&K Centre and we just had to pay $660 + 2 weeks in advance. My CCR never catches up with my advanced payments so that causes all sorts of dramas too. Sometimes I have double what I'm meant to pay direct debited but it hasn't been offset in future weeks. It's causing me a fair bit of budgeting grief!


 

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