Of the many challenges facing today's Australian Childcare professionals, lowering costs, higher wages and offering attractive pricing to families remains one of the largest. Though this goal presents some difficulty in nearly any economic environment, it has become especially harrowing in today's financial climate, and some within the industry are beginning to speak out about the untenable situation of climbing childcare costs.
As workers' unions look towards demanding higher wages and centres are forced to hire more employees to improve care provider to child ratios, payroll in particular is set to become an increasingly difficult financial obligation. Coupled with this issue, it has been recently suggested by Industry representatives, is the fact that government support is falling behind, costing operators and, ultimately, Australian families more per day of childcare given or received.
At Kidsoft, we're naturally concerned about the increasing pressure placed upon Childcare centres to somehow mitigate rising costs without charging families too much for care. While an essential part of our offering has always been and will continue to be the creation of a more cost-effective business, we look forward to identifying and implementing any tools capable of assisting professionals in the improvement of management practices to meet this challenge.
While the uncertainty of today's economic climate is worrisome to many, we believe it's important to keep in mind that demand for quality Childcare remains strong –and should prevail even in difficult times. With the right tools like the Kidsoft management system, overcoming this hurdle may be easier than many would suspect.