Oversupply of Child Care Services in the Shoalhaven
- Shoalhaven City Council
The community requirements for children’s services in the Shoalhaven area have now been met and will continue to support the needs of future community growth well into the future.
In the past five years there has been a proliferation of new services opening, as a result the majority of centres are now operating at 60% capacity.
Services cannot run and maintain quality programs when they have numerous vacancies.
If services are forced to reduce their operating capacity or shut down due to viability issues it also means our local families will have a reduced and limited choice in which service to attend and which best suits the needs of their children.
This ultimately means the smaller services may be forced to close due to lack of viability, local workers will lose jobs and our families and local economy will suffer.
We, the undersigned, call on the Shoalhaven City Council to include the following requirements as part of the assessment criteria for development applications of new Children’s Services.
• A local needs assessment,
• Community impact statements,
• The requirement to carry out extensive community consultation, including consultation with any existing services within the proposed development area.
Prior to the approval of any further children's services (including community based, corporate, private, preschools, long day care, occasional care and family day care services) in the greater Shoalhaven area.
The Oversupply of Child Care Services in the Shoalhaven petition to Shoalhaven City Council was written by Anonymous and is in the category City & Town Planning at GoPetition.