Budget failed to fix childcare woes: Mum


AS A mother and childcare worker, Jodi Herbert understands the desperate need for childcare places as well as anyone.

But yesterday she said while the tax breaks offered by Tuesday night's budget would benefit her, changes to the childcare system would have little effect.

That's despite Federal Treasurer Peter Costello lifting the cap on the number of before and after-school places available across Australia.

"I don't see school-aged care as an issue, it's much harder to find child care for toddlers and babies,'' she said.

Allies Early Development Centre director Ammee Katt agreed: "We've filled all our places for babies and toddlers and we have huge waiting lists, school-aged care is not really as much of a problem.''

Ms Katt who is also waiting to see the full details of the budget, questions whether uncapping after-school places could have an effect on the quality of care.

"At the moment we can take 24, if we take 50 the quality of care will be reduced.''

Ms Herbert welcomed changes to the family tax benefit scheme which will see income tests relaxed.

But she said the impact would be minimal compared with the cost of childcare.

"They (changes) will help out but child-care fees are such a big part out of our income. It costs us $120 for three days and that's just one child ... If we have more than one it would be even more significant.



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