CASTERTON parents will pay up to $80 a day to send their children to the new Kathleen Millikan Centre, which opened late last year.
The fee will apply until June this year when they will be reviewed in line with a range of other council fees and charges.
The council’s children’s services coordinator, Jodie Maybery, reported to the council’s November meeting that it received $1.1 million State Government funding towards the construction of an integrated children‘s centre in Casterton.
“As part of the funding criteria, the project is required to house a variety of early years services including long day care (child care), maternal and child health and kindergarten programs,” Ms Maybery reported.
“These programs are guided by a set of state and national benchmarks or standards.
The council‘s fees and charges schedule for early year‘s services is based on the number of estimated annual enrolments, state and federal subsidy and the operational cost per service.
“In 2013 Council agreed to streamline the kindergarten fees and charges schedule for all kindergarten services within the Cluster.
Full story in The Casterton News on Wednesday, January 8, 2014