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    Default Advice on not paying what I should.

    I know what I'm asking is completely wrong and actually not acceptable behaviour, however I'm quite desperate. I have a four year old in kindy and a six year old in grade one, I'm currently 1 week behind in fees and need to catch up to 2 weeks in advance. I have always struggled with fees however I'm pretty lucky my center has had great staff and I've always managed to catch up. The center has a new manager now and I have been informed that if I don't catch up immediately my four year old will be unable to attend kindy. I have a brain storm of what seems now to be stupidity and took 2 weeks annual leave so as to keep my 4 year old at home and avoid Childcare costs for 2 weeks and allow me to catch up. I was then informed of a 2 weeks notice policy when it comes to not being charged.
    Yes I'm an idiot, but it was a last resort and I am now in the same position as I was. I'm a little annoyed at the new director as my 6 year old attented their for two years before prep and my daughter has been there since my ex decided to leave a little over 2 years ago. Does anyone have any advice or opinions of what I should do apart from not being a moron.
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    You are not a moron. Childcare is expensive and everyone falls behind occasionally. Are you on any centrelink or family tax benefit? Because there is a system where you can get an advance a few times a year.
    The only other thing I suggest is approaching them about a payment plan to add to your regular fees each week.

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    What does their policy say? You should have been given information when you enrolled or it may have been on the enrolment form and you signed your acceptance. If not ask to see their policy and ask them to make out a payment plan for you where you pay your weekly fee plus a bit extra to get up to date.

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    Ask for a payment plan.

    I was once in your shoes and the director approached me right on drop off when i was on my way to wkr that DS wasnt allowed there til fees were fixed up. I ended up borrowing money and thenpaying a little extra each fortnight for the weeks i did fall behind.

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    Yes "bummum" I get family tax benifets, I almost would have been better off on a single parent pension. But it's not how I want to live. I fortunately work for a good company that I have flexible work hours through, and my daughter will be in prep next year. I guess it's more venting at the cost of Childcare and what you actually get for your money. And the fact that it's completely up to centres to make up rules. It's like sending a child to private school(financially) but without the school having any obligations as to their education. Apparently fees can be raised without notice as mine went from $149 per week to $189 that's after government subsidy. I'm sure parents have 1 motivation only for Childcare and it's to keep their job while having your child in safe hands. It just seems that the system is set up in a way that benifets the child care centres and not parents. Shuffling 16 year old cert.3 students to suit ratios and charging Brisbane boys grammar rates seems completely wrong. And the policy of my centre says without 2 weeks advance notice of your child's absence you will be charged the full amount of Childcare costs. But I'm told if I'm very lucky they will deduct 7$ per day and charge me holiday rates.


 

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