Childcare centre demands stay at home parents pick their kids up earlier

Is it discrimination?

A letter from an Australian daycare asking stay-at-home parents to pick their children up before working mums and dads has split social media over whether it is discriminatory.

The letter was shared on Facebook by one of the parents who uses the daycare, asking if the request was reasonable.

“If you are a non-working parent you are required to pick your child up from Preschool at 4:00pm,” the letter reads, before outlining that those who arrive late are costing the company in overtime wages.

The parent said all children are charged the same day rate, but the letter states that from October 17, a late fee will be applied if a child it picked up after 4pm.

Photos: Facebook

The parent who posted the photo to Facebook asked: “What would you do if you were a SAHM (stay-at-home mum) and asked to pick your child up earlier because they didn’t have staff, or didn’t want to pay overtime to staff? Is this reasonable or discrimination?”

And the responses were varied.

“Since when is a parent who stays at home considered to be not working,” one parent commented.

“If you pay for a full day of child care you should be entitled to that full day regardless of what you are doing, they should not be dictating specific times you have to pick up your child based on what they think you should be doing with your time,” another agreed.

But not all thought the letter was unfair.

“Totally agree,” someone wrote. “If you’re not working there’s no reason your child shouldn’t be picked up by 4pm at the latest. Also no reason your child should be there before 9am. Let those who actually need the service have first priority.”

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