Childcare centres may be rising in price but it looks like, for a considerable number, their standards have fallen down.
According to a new report, more than 1300 childcare centres in New South Wales are failing to meet the national standards, reports The Daily Telegraph.
SHOCKING: New data reveals more than 1,300 NSW childcare centres have failed national standards
A report by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority has stated that 1304 in the state are ‘working towards’ the national standard in categories such as education, staffing, health as well as health and safety.
Each childcare centre was rated either ‘excellent’, ‘exceeding’, ‘meeting’, ‘working towards’ or ‘significant improvement required’.
16 centres out of 5486 were awarded ‘excellent’, 1398 ‘exceeded’ and 2433 met the national quality standard, whereas 1304 are ‘working towards’ and six needed ‘significant improvement’.
Early Childhood Australia CEO Samantha Page told the publication that she believed the six needing significant improvement should be closed if they do no show quick improvement.
“We have concerns about any service getting a significant improvement required [rating],” she said.
“Centres should not be allowed to operate as ‘significant improvement required’ for any length of time.”
For the full list of daycare centres in the state that have and haven’t reached the national standards, go to The Daily Telegraph.
Australia has some of the most expensive childcare centres in the world
Meanwhile, did you know that Australia has ranked as having some of the most expensive childcare centres in the world?
Australia was ranked number three on a new study by British website, Play Like Mum. Childcare is most expensive in Switzerland, then The Netherlands followed by Australia.
Meanwhile, Argentina, St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean and Croatia have some of the lowest childcare costs.
The reason Aussie childcare is so expensive may be because of the staff to child ratios (one carer to every four children), as well as rent for centres.
We’ve converted the childcare on average per month from pounds to Australian dollars.
15 countries with the most expensive childcare in AUD:
1. Switzerland – $3041.98
2. Netherlands – $2022.47
3. Australia – $1677.67
4. Luxembourg – $1628.45
5. United Kingdom – $1575.44
6. Ireland – $1357.57
7. United States – $1222.40
8. Singapore – $1108.65
9. Israel – $1058.55
10. France – $1048.66
11. Canada – $969.86
12. New Zealand – $950.90
13. Belgium – $861.77
14. Qatar – $795.34
15. Taiwan – 697.12
15 countries with the cheapest childcare in AUD:
1. Argentina – $192.34
2. Saint Kitts & Nevis – $193.38
3. Croatia – $204.11
4. Mexico – $225.10
5. Brunei – $232.20
6. Barbados – $266.16
7. Oman – $267.49
8. Trinidad and Tobago – $275.50
9. Sweden – $314.31
10. Poland – $327.06
11. Turkey – $339.28
12. Austria – $347.65
13. Bahrain – $387.74
14. Saudi Arabia – $392.53
15. Iceland – $398.67
Childcare costs change in each state and territory
Parents, on average, pay around $494 for 50 hours of childcare a week in Sydney. However, the most expensive territory to put your child into childcare is ACT, where childcare costs on average around $560 a week.
Parents in Victoria pay around $490 a week, while parents in Queensland fork out roughly $417 a week.
These figures do not take into account the Government’s Child Care Rebate, which is capped at 10,190 per child, per year. This is calculated according to the combined household income. If a family brings in $351,248 or more, they are not eligible for the government’s subsidy.
Under the current childcare rebate scheme parents receive this based on their salary:
Up to $66,958- 85 percent subsidy
$66,958–$171,958 – 85 to 50 percent subsidy
$171,958–$251,248 – 50 percent subsidy
$251,248–$341,248 – 50 to 20 percent subsidy
$341,248–$351,248 – 20 percent subsidy
More than $351,248 -No subsidy
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