SCECS scraps public holiday charges

Mum Emma playing with daughter Jasmine at St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care Sadleir-Miller. Photo: Kitty Beale
Mum Emma playing with daughter Jasmine at St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care Sadleir-Miller. Photo: Kitty Beale

Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services (SCECS) has extended its no charge for public holiday policy for all families who use their services.

Earlier this year, the not-for-profit early childhood education provider scrapped charging fees on NSW public holidays at its two preschool and long day care services including St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care Sadleir-Miller. Now, they are extending it across all services.

SCECS' managing director, Franceyn O'Connor, said this year alone NSW will have five state observed public holidays which can mean families charged at $180 a day are paying up to $900 a year (before the child care subsidy) for days their children are not even attending a service.

Christina with a tomato grown in the St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care Sadleir-Miller community vegetable garden. The veggie garden forms a part of the sustainability program at the service, teaching preschoolers about farm to table and letting them enjoy homegrown produce.

Christina with a tomato grown in the St Therese Preschool & Long Day Care Sadleir-Miller community vegetable garden. The veggie garden forms a part of the sustainability program at the service, teaching preschoolers about farm to table and letting them enjoy homegrown produce.

"Scrapping these public holiday charges means we can provide a more comprehensive early education experience to more children, ensuring a seamless transition into kindergarten with the foundations already in place to succeed at school," Mrs O'Connor said.

"As a not-for-profit service on the ground supporting our local communities, now, more than ever, families need a hand without a compromise in the quality of education and care they receive.

"SCECS has worked hard to ensure we can provide this benefit to our communities, by absorbing this cost whilst ensuring our valued staff will receive the pay they are entitled to and that we ensure a continuity of care without any fee increases to families."