A Queensland primary school has revealed plans to start charging parents who drop their children off kids early, and has received strong support from the community as a result.
Quest News has reported that Burrowes State School principal Kristine Lemon sent an email last week saying any drop-offs before 8.30am would receive a small fee.
Students start classes at the Logan school at 8.50am but the number of parents dropping off their children early has led to staff encouraging parents to take advantage of the cheap, before-school service.
Parents were informed that from Term 4 onward they’d be paying around $2.60 per child for the on-site before school care, a fee that would include breakfast.
Costs include federal childcare rebates meaning each family pays differing amounts for the service however it’s estimated most parents would pay less than $3 a day.
In a statement, Queensland’s Department of Education said:
“From the beginning of Term 4, formal supervision will begin at Burrowes State School from 8.30am until classes begin at 8.50am. Students who arrive before 8.30am will be asked to assemble outside the school hall,” a spokeswoman said.
“The school runs multiple programs for students to take part in before school hours. These include instrumental music lessons and sports training.”
“If parents have concerns about issues at their children’s school, they are encouraged to speak directly to the principal.”