Last week, the federal government announced that child care services will become “fee-free for families” during the coronavirus crisis.
Announced as part of their economic response to the pandemic, the government provided the immediate financial relief in response to the alarming rate of families un-enrolling their children from child care.
For child care services, it means they will receive a ‘business continuity payment’ equivalent to 50 per cent of their pre-pandemic fee revenue.
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Early Childhood Australia supported the scheme, with CEO Samantha Page saying the announcement “tackles most of the big issues that services and families have been grappling with over the past month”.
However, it seems early childhood educators aren’t actually that pleased with the package….