Posted: 28 November, 2016 by @clairesherwood_

Calls For 24/7 Childcare Options, For Shift Workers

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A national snapshot report has called on the need for childcare centres that are open on weekends and overnight, to suit the needs of the modern family. 

The Australian Institute of Family Studies report is the result of 400 parents working non-standard hours shows a pizza service and coffee van would also not go astray. 

The calls come despite the Gillard government spending $5.5 million on a Childcare Flexibility Trial modelling non-standard care hours and the current government’s commitment to deregulate childcare operating hours not leading to more flexible care.

In Victoria, two centres in Melbourne and Geelong that once offered care on late nights and weekends are both back to normal hours with the most flexible centres generally open only from 6.30am to 6.30pm.

According to the report, parents who work in emergency services, manufacturing, health, retail and ­service industries find it almost impossible to find care to suit their ever-changing rosters. 

On top of that, parents are paying up to $200 a day for care they’re not using in full, and are getting slugged $1 a minute if they’re late because of unexpected longer hours.

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