Council waives long day care and preschool services fees

Council waives long day care and preschool services fees

Fairfield Council will waive its long day care and preschool services fees for parents who keep their children home during lockdown.

Parents will have to keep their children enrolled but will not be charged the out-of-pocket fees for days that their children do not attend. Gap fees are the out-of-pocket fees payable by families, in addition to the child care subsidy council receives.

Last week, the federal government announced that even though child care services remain open in NSW, services in local government areas subject to stay-at-home orders can waive gap fees for parents on days they choose to keep their children at home.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said their services remain open for essential and authorised workers.

"But we know there are many families who are now impacted by the additional restrictions placed on workers who live in our LGA and now cannot leave if their work is outside of the LGA," he said.

"Many families are also following the advice to stay at home and choosing to keep their children at home. We believe that families should have the option to keep their children home at this time without the out-of-pocket expenses.

"It is important, now more than ever, that local families and businesses are supported during the NSW stay-at-home lockdown."