A letter sent home from an Australian preschool telling non-working parents they need to pick their children up earlier has outraged mums and dads.

An image of the letter was posted to a Facebook group with the caption: ‘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?’

The preschool was not named, but the mother who posted the note said non-working and working parents pay the same daily rate at the centre.


Many commenters agreed that parents at home should be able to collect their children earlier, and not drop them off before 9am when working families need it most. While others argued why shouldn’t they? After all they are just as deserving and pay the same fees.

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  • I think there needs to be rule changes and either the governement makes these changes or the Centres do. Places in child care should go to working parents first. And before you start attacking me I am a SAHM but I think those who need it should be able to get it. I have known people who have been on waiting lists for months and have had to delay going back to work because they could not get their child into care. I also know plenty of SAHM that have their kids in care more then they care for them at home. You have kids then you should raise them. Yes I believe in kids being socialised, that’s what playgroups and mothers groups are for, then as they get older, Kindy is there to get them ready for school. Child care should be there for people who really need it, not for lazy parents.


  • Maybe the Centre gets less Govt. rebate for kids whose Mums stay home and aren’t studying either.
    I in no condone the centre’s behaviour in their decision. If parents are all paying the same fees they are entitled to the same services. It is discrimination.


  • I guess i would have to ask if they are paying the same rates as the working parents and if they are I would be telling them that they can stick their extra charges.


  • Yes they should get the same services for the same rates. The preschool has to make sure they have a sufficient amount of professional staff at all times.

    • Absolutely! There are government requirements about carer to child ratios they have to meet anyway!


  • I think that they should have the same rights if they are paying the same rates. I think the centre needs to cater for all weather your at home or not.


  • How rude of the centre to request this. I bet the parents are paying the same fees so they should be entitled to the same amount of care. The Centre Management and staff should be scheduling there commitments for outside of work hours. If you as a worker chose this career with these work times then you need to be the one to make the arrangements.


  • If they’re paying the same rates, then sahms have the same rights as working parents. They shouldn’t have to pick up or drop off earlier or later then the others


  • Whether you are a SAHM or working parent makes no difference.


  • I agree that stay at home parents have the same rights as working parents! You are working just as had if you stay home, these parents need to stay home for a reason, not just put their feet up and relax the whole time.


  • Erm, how would they know?! You might be a SAHM but run a business from home. You might be on your day off. I don’t think I have the full picture here but think that it does sound a bit discriminative for “non-working” mums (hahahaha – yeah, all we do is sit around drinking tea and gossiping with the neighbours all day).


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