Increased fees

Parents may soon pay more for child care at Govt nurseries

The Freundel Stuart administration is considering asking parents to pay more for child care services at Government-operated day nurseries across the island.

The Child Care Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, has sent letters to parents and guardians informing them of the plan and requesting information that would determine their ability to pay.

But at least one parent is unhappy over the kind of information being sought, describing the request as “horrendous” and “intrusive.”

“I want you to share with the public the horrendous request that the Child Care Board and the Ministry of Finance asked of the parents/guardians of children at Government-operated day nurseries. I am aware that the fees are low ($20 a week). If they want to increase it, I believe that will not be a problem to most people, but the information they are asking for is personal and very intrusive. I don’t see how getting a person’s job letter and pay slip will assist them in reviewing the fees,” complained Le Roi P.D. Greenidge.

Greenidge added: “This is a ridiculous request and the Child Care Board needs to retract these letters. This issue has parents/guardians very upset.”

However, Director of the Child Care Board, Joan Crawford, told Barbados TODAY this afternoon that if this was how Greenidge felt, he should have said it to her and not run to the press.

Director of the Child Care Board, Joan Crawford
Director of the Child Care Board, Joan Crawford

“All they [parents] need to do is tell me that. We are doing a review in order to sort out the salaries, so all I am asking for. . . we want to do a means test to apply in each case. I am just trying to get the information. If they do not want to give me the information, just let me know that. So I am surprised they went to you [this newspaper],” Crawford said.

She insisted there was nothing controversial about what the board was requesting, adding that it was only seeking to sort out the various salary ranges of the parents and guardians in the context of the proposed hike in fees.

The director contended that the board and the Ministry of Finance would have to make a determination in the cases of those parents who did not want to provide the required information.

The letter dated April 14, a copy of which has been obtained by Barbados TODAY, stated: “Please be informed that the Child Care Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs is in the process of conducting a review of the fees currently being paid by parents and guardians of children attending the Government-operated day nurseries.”

“In order to complete this review, the Child Care Board is kindly requesting that you submit a job letter outlining your occupation/post and the salary/wage paid to you.  This information should reach the Director, Child Care Board, Fred Edghill Building, Cheapside, St Michael, no later than May 8, 2015.

“The Child Care Board thanks you for your co-operation in this matter as we work together for the development of this nation’s children,” concluded the correspondence signed by Joan Crawford, Director.

15 Responses to Increased fees

  1. Sarah Pomeranz Layne
    Sarah Pomeranz Layne April 20, 2015 at 11:18 pm here is an idea. right now Government is only charging 20.00 a week for child care at the day nurseries across the island. Instead of doing a survey to determine what can be paid.. why not.. say.. raise the fee to 40.00 a week.. and those people who need assistance with paying that, can come forward, immediately and make application to pay a lower fee. And those people who can pay will not have their privacy intruded on by government.. do you have to apply to have a child at a day nursery?? and do you have to supply some sort of financial info to do so as well?? then it wouldn’t be a problem.. but if you don’t have to apply or you don’t have to supply financial info when you first send your child, then why is it going to help now determine what the new fees should be

  2. Dionne Best
    Dionne Best April 20, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I have no problem with that do what you have to but I am trying to understand why said parents have to submit a job letter outlining occupation and salary or wage paid to child care board? I am at a lost as to what submitting a job letter will do since the nurseries are mixed with people who hold influential posts and government jobs and then they have unemployed, parents who are struggling to make things meet and those who use the time the child or children are at nursery to do odd jobs. So it would be almost impossible to raise fees to exorbitant fees that will be impossible for some to meet.

  3. Princess Bri Boo Griffith
    Princess Bri Boo Griffith April 20, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    God love his children God watch over n how is God feel?

  4. Princess Bri Boo Griffith
    Princess Bri Boo Griffith April 20, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    No make sense !

  5. Marva Lashley-Todd
    Marva Lashley-Todd April 21, 2015 at 12:40 am

    That ain’t them business though. They are not applying for a loan, buying a car or going to the embassy so why do they have to produce a job letter and information about job title for. Increase the fee if you want to and who can pay will pay. Just because someone might have a particular title and works for a certain amount of money does not mean that they can pay the increase. They might have other commitments.

  6. Shellyann Neal
    Shellyann Neal April 21, 2015 at 1:33 am

    The higher the monkey climb, the more he show he tail.

  7. Adam Tyler Mallett
    Adam Tyler Mallett April 21, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Nope bad governement

  8. Mieshell Burke
    Mieshell Burke April 21, 2015 at 3:34 am

    People hardly got money to feed they families and he talking bout raising fees what next what the hell Barbados coming too smfh.

  9. Mavis April 21, 2015 at 6:43 am

    this government is sucking us dry! While I agree that fees are low, consider the fact that those parents are tax payers whom u haven’t return their income tax to btw… It’s like you ppl are catching at our whole paypacks by the time u r finish we’ll be at the Parliament building on Tuesdays begging for salt!

  10. henderson April 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

    they only pay $20.00 per week or so, they find the money to party with

  11. Watchman April 21, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Look just jack up de fees to de new rate. Those who want an ease can then come forward and apply, producing any documentation and jumping through de required hoops.

    Dem dat got too much pride to let anyone know dem income will pay.

  12. junior April 21, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Th is the worst government Barbados ever had .. All the rich can get concessions but the poor getting the shitty end. Why trouble the small men and do something about why countries can get free oassage with their goods here and then they charged us 75% to get goods into their islands.
    they do not have a clue about governance.

  13. Maria April 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    To the powers that be don’t request any information from parents just increase the fees to at least $50 a week per child regardless of how many children they have in the nursery the private nurseries are full and have a long waiting list.private nurseries charge fees from $60 and up to as much as $110 a week and they are full some don’t even provide meals

  14. Mark Jones April 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    What’s the problem? These nurseries were really intended for low income persons and over time others have taken advantage of the system. It sounds as if the government is doing a means assessment. How is it intrusive? Either you want subsidized day care or you don’t. Frankly, $20.00 a week is ridiculous. How does that factor into the cost of running these nurseries. Isn’t it personal when the government takes people’s taxes to pay for these services? Silliness. It is time that some people realise that nobody owes you anything.

  15. Akilah April 22, 2015 at 9:01 am

    A job letter and pay slip will not help this situation that is suddenly being raised because it doesn’t matter how much a person earns are you also going to look at the expenses of each person ? No matter how much a salary is people still have other commitments and responsibilities so all they can afford is the $20.00 things are really hard for most people in this country and some of these solutions will not help anything at all but only make things worse crime will continue to increase we are no longer safe even in broad day light think about single parents who are barely making it try to make things better and not worse Dear lord please help us all for this world we are living in has been turned upside down .


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