Save the Parents' Cottage (formerly the Parents' Co-Op) sign now

SAVE THE PARENTS'COTTAGE. STOP THE COMMERCIALISATION OF CHILDCARE ON CAMPUS

KEEP THE OLDEST, MOST FLEXIBLE AND AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE SERVICE GOING.

OUR SERVICE HAS ENSURED A NO COST OPTION FOR STUDENTS TO STUDY SO THAT PARENTHOOD IS NOT AN OBSTACLE TO TERTIARY STUDIES.

UNIVERSITY MOVES TO END MUCH NEEDED CHILDCARE SERVICE
After 30 years of providing childcare to the parents and staff of Macquarie University and being donated a building in recognition of that service and most recently achieving:
Becoming a licensed childcare service with qualified and experienced staff;
Becoming and endorsed Charity answerable to the Australian Taxation Department;
Addressing all the Universitys liability issues;
Becoming an incorporated association;
Developing a cost effective and self funding childcare model whether or not VSU becomes a reality;
Increasing our enrolments of members to above 90, despite not being advertised on the University website since March;
Having our model of childcare recognised by DoCS as a legitimate service structure that complies with the regulations;
Hosting and organising Parent Training courses;
Staying financially viable despite the Student Union deciding not to Fund us in 2005;
Senior University Representatives have effectively sent the Parents of Macquarie University packing by refusing to grant the Parents Cottage a further license for Building S11A. Commercial market driven ideology is undoing the very fabric of the support services on Campus that enable families to study and work. Where will our children and parents go?
A detailed time line documenting the chronological developments (together with strong evidence of unfair and unethical treatment) that has embroiled the hardworking parents within a David and Goliath politically based struggle is available upon request.
We urgently seek assistance and support, so that our service which has provided accessible, affordable, and equitable childcare may continue despite this latest move by senior University representatives.
On behalf of all of the Parents and Children and staff of the Parents Cottage
KylieAnn Scott - 0438 987 783 9850 9450 [email protected] http://parentscottage.blogs.com

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