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    The centers inability to plan their staffing needs is not the parents problem. If the center is open for 11 hours, they need to organize themselves and their staffing accordingly.

    I would be beyond furious if I got that letter!

    Our center also asks in the morning for a rough time you think you will collect your child (I guess for staffing needs).

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    If they are truly non working/non studying/not caring for a sick relative/child then sure, they should be able to collect by 4.00pm. I don't think it's an unreasonable request.

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    Wow! I'd be annoyed if my childcare sent a letter like that. If the non-working parents pay the same as working parents then they are entitled to use the centre for the same number of hours a day.

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    I would be fuming at this! At the daycare we attend now, we elected a 9 hour day (she charges depending on whether you do an 8, 9 or 12 hour day I think?). But at DD1s daycare we were charged 12 hours no matter what.

    If you pay for 12 hours, you get 12 hours! I can understand them asking a rough time in case they had someone who needed to leave early etc. But demanding non-working parents collect their kids at 4 but pay for a full day? Nope, that's crap.

    That's like paying for a 2 hour massage and them deciding that no, you don't work so you only get 60 minutes because they don't have enough staff members on right now... even though they've already booked you in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    If they are truly non working/non studying/not caring for a sick relative/child then sure, they should be able to collect by 4.00pm. I don't think it's an unreasonable request.
    But you shouldn't be paying for those extra hours you're not allowed to attend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cicho View Post
    If they are truly non working/non studying/not caring for a sick relative/child then sure, they should be able to collect by 4.00pm. I don't think it's an unreasonable request.
    Even though they pay for the same service as everyone else?

    I know of a child that was in LDC from open to close 5 days a week, even though he had a sahm. We have no idea why a parent needs to have their child in daycare so much, nor is it our place to judge.

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    It's clear to me that the centre is trying to get more bang for their buck by lowering their staff ratios where possible.

    The fact is, non-working and working parents are paying the same full day rate, therefore no one should be asked to pick their children up before 4pm, let alone be threatened with an additional fee for time they are already paying for!

    Parents need to utilise long day care for a range of reasons. It almost seems a bit discriminatory, like the assumption is if you're not working, then you should get off your bum and pick your kid up early because you don't NEED to have your child here beyond 4pm.

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    DDs childcare centre, when I enrolled her, I had to put down the time I'd be dropping her off and picking her up, so they could organise their staffing levels accordingly

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    It's an all day care centre which is open until 6. All parents are charged the same fees but the non working ones are being told to pick up their kids early. The mum is upset it was taken and used in an article as she was just looking for advice on a private forum and now she feels like she will be discriminated against by the centre and is embarrassed to go there in case they find out it was her. She shouldn't feel embarrassed at all because the centre is clearly in the wrong but I completely understand he feelings!

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    Default Letter to non-working parents

    I shouldn't of looked at the link.
    So ragey at the comments.
    People are so horrible and nasty.

    Fwiw, my childcare centre doesn't know if I even work or not, they never asked.


 

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