A NORTHERN suburbs childcare operator has bucked a national trend by reducing its fees.
Since MercyCare became the manager of what was formerly Seagrove Boulevard Early Learning and Kinder in Merriwa, it has dropped the daily rate for childcare by 10 per cent, from $110 to $99.
It has also dropped the amount those booking casual spots pay by more than 17 per cent, from $115 to $99.
According to www.careforkids.com.au, the average daily rate in Merriwa is $109.48 and nationally it is $109.07.
MercyCare Merriwa Early Learning Centre manager Ailish O’Dwyer said the organisation was able to reduce fees due to being a not-for-profit organisation.
“Our fees go back into providing a positive care environment for children and into the community programs MercyCare operates.” she said.
The organisation became the owner-operator of the centre in June, bringing new leadership and staff to it as well as implementing flexible care options.
Miss O’Dwyer said families could use its before-and-after-school care program and book their children in for a six or 10-hour day rather than having to pay for a full 12-hour day.
“The centre also now has a bus, so children will be able to go on excursions to explore the world beyond our play and learning spaces,” she said.
“We’ve hired an early childhood teacher to provide age-appropriate play and learning experiences for our kindergarten aged children.”
MercyCare already manages the Merriwa Community Hub, with one of the first excursions planned to its community garden.
It runs other child care centres in Ballajura, Bassendean, Bedford, Bennett Springs, Ellenbrook, Heathridge, Kelmscott, Landsdale, Seville Grove, Thornlie and Wembley as well as outside school hours care for Newman College in Floreat.
A purpose-built Banksia Grove Early Learning Centre is set to open later this year.