Child Study Survey

Council identified a need for a report into child care within the district through the development of its Strategic Management Plan in 2016.

 In 2017 a community group was formed to commence investigations into potential options for the district.  This group identified that a formal study would need to be undertaken to make an initial assessment for its viability.  This group did not have the necessary funds to fund the study and approached Council to assist with funding the study.

 Council resolved to fund the study and this was formalised in early 2019 with the engagement of an appropriate consultant.

The consultant commenced the study in June 2019 and has involved, stakeholder consultation, public meetings, public survey and data gathering to produce a draft report.

The draft report identifies current and future child ages, workforce capabilities, opportunities and recommendations.

A copy of the report is available from the Main Office 29 Alfred Terrace Streaky Bay, Visitor Centre 21 Bay Road, Streaky Bay or alternatively view online at www.streakybay.sa.gov.au
So that we can understand about the people who respond to the survey, please complete the following questions;

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* 1. Your Age

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* 2. Your Place of Residence

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* 3. Do you Have Children that require/are in Care?

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* 4. If yes which of the following methods do you current use (tick all that apply)?

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* 5. Have you read the full Child Care Study and/or Powerpoint Presentation Summary?

Women in the labour force between ages of 20 and 44 years

In the District the total number of women in this age group declined between 2006 and 2016 from 282 in 2006 to 263 in 2016, a decline of 19 women, equating to 7%.

The number in the labour force (full and part time, and employed, status not stated) decreased from 195 in 2006 to 190 in 2016. A decrease of 5, equating to 3%.

In Streaky Bay the total number declined between 2006 and 2016 from 134 in 2006 to 120 in 2016, a decline of 14 women, equating to 10%.

The number in the labour force in Streaky Bay (full and part time, and employed, status not stated) decreased from 98 in 2006 to 91 in 2016. A decrease of 7, equating to 7%.

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* 6. Do these statistics surprise you?

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* 7. Do you think they are related to Women not being able to obtain suitable Child Care to return to the workforce, to provide respite or other?

Family Composition with children under 15   years of age

Between 2006 and 2016 the number of families in the District containing two parents with children under 15 years of age declined from 191 to 167. The number of single parent families decreased from 41 to 25.

Between 2006 and 2016 the number of families in Streaky Bay containing two parents with children under 15 years of age declined from 85 to 65. The number of single parent families decreased from 32 to 22.

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* 8. Do these statistics surprise you?

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* 9. Do you think they are related to families not being able to obtain suitable Child Care to return to the workforce, to provide respite or other?

Long Day Care Facility Options

There were 3 Options considered for possible future Long Day Care opportunities in Streaky Bay and Surrounds;

  1. Sourcing a Provider for service delivery (Privately Run)
  2. Incorporated  Association Facilitate a Community based Incorporated Association with the express purpose of managing the business.
  3. Council owns and operates the business undertaking

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* 10. Which would be your preferred option based on the findings in the report/summary?

Using the Alternative 2 Scenario – Community Based Incorporated Association

Long Day Care licence for 40 places, Employees remuneration based on the Children’s Services Award 2010, Includes estimate for Depreciation. 100% model includes a Business Manager at 0.5 FTE, Expenses do not include rent, interest or principal payments. Revenue includes LDC Fees only, no allowance made for other revenue generating opportunities.

Surplus/ (Deficit) for occupancy rates Indicates that the break-even occupancy rate is approximately 50%.
Child Care Costs

A full time 0 – 2 year old current fee per child of $ 600 per week/ $ 1200 per fortnight for private care
 
Under the Alternative 2 Scenario the following has been modelled

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Child Care Fees - Long Day Care Centre

Child Care Fees - Long Day Care Centre

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* 11. What activity test level do you or your family come under?

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* 12. Would you be willing to pay the appropriate Gap/Hourly rate for Child Care proposed?

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* 13. Funding of the Child Care Centre Facility – Which of the preferred funding options would you prefer?

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* 14. If it were possible would you support the Kindergarten and Long Day Care Centre utilising the same facility?

Alternative Child Care Options

Family Day Care

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* 15. Would you support Council in providing support and incentives for persons to commence or continue with Family Day Care?

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* 16. If Yes what options would you consider suitable? Tick All that Apply

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* 17. A survey was undertaken by Council as part of the development of the Child Care Study those findings indicated that Long Day Care was the preferred FUTURE child care service, Family Day Care Second. Do you agree with this outcome?

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* 18. Thank you for participating in this survey and we would appreciate any further comments and/or ideas to be provided below.

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* 19. If you would like to be provided with follow up feedback please place your email address below;

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Jess Davis or Penny Williams from the Community and Economic Development Team on (08) 86267033.

Please return completed hard copy surveys to;

Jessica Davis
Community and Economic Development Officer
21 Bay Road (PO Box 179)
Streaky Bay SA 5680
E: davisjessica@streakybay.sa.gov.au
Survey Closes - Monday, September 30, 2019 - 5.00 pm
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