Why Fees are Necessary?
The Department of Human Services provides per capita funding as a contribution towards the cost of providing the preschool program for four year olds. The service itself is responsible for all operational costs such as salaries, cleaning, utilities, insurance, materials, equipment and maintenance. Fees are necessary because there is a shortfall between the level of government funding and the costs of operating a viable preschool.
There is no funding for other programs, such as three-year-old preschool and playgroups. Parents need to be aware that preschools are not a free service and rely on prompt payment of fees to meet the operational costs. All parents/guardians must pay fees and the Committee has the discretion to withdraw service for non-payment of fees.