NO FEES: Parents whose children attended Mundarra Preschool last year fear others will miss out when State Government fees kick in on Monday. From left, Ben and Katrina Suters, with Lilly, five, and Marcelle Streeter, with Dakoda, five.The most vulnerable children risk being excluded from the shire’s only public pre-school when the State Government begins charging a daily fee next week, parents say.
The government has imposed fees of between $7 and $15 per day at Mundarra Pre-school, attached to Batemans Bay Public School.
Parents of kindy students who graduated from Mundarra last year say even a small fee will hurt the lowest-income families, while principal Tom Purcell fears becoming “a debt collector”.
Katrina and Ben Suters, of Surfside, are delighted with the confidence boost Mundarra gave shy Lilly last year and hope to send Zachary, three, next year.
Mrs Suters paid for daycare for Zachary last year so she could work and says pre-school fees would have hurt.
“I would not have been able to afford it,” she said. “I am watching every dollar that I spend.
“There are people worse off than I am who would not even send their kids to a pre-school and it is so important. I can’t believe they are doing that. It is a public school, it should be subsidised so everyone can afford to go.”
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