Parents question kindergarten fees

Working parents around the country look to afternoon care for their young children as a life-saver.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
January 21, 2008 07:04
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child metro 88 224. (photo credit: Jerusalem Post Archives)

Kfar Saba parents are questioning why their city charges significantly more for afternoon care at kindergartens than does any other city in the Sharon, reports Yediot Hasharon. Kfar Saba parents pay more than NIS 1000 per month for their children to be cared for at kindergartens from 1:20 to 4 p.m., while Herzliya parents pay just NIS 800 - and get an extra 20 minutes of care each day in the bargain. According to the report, working parents around the country look to afternoon care for their young children as a life-saver. A Kfar Saba municipal spokesman said the city charged such high fees for afternoon care because each long-day kindergarten in Kfar Saba had two qualified kindergarten teachers, unlike most other cities which only had one. But this explanation did not mollify parents, who said the cost of afternoon care was "a huge financial burden." The report said that Kfar Saba has 24 long-day kindergartens, which charge NIS 1000 per child from 1:20 to 4 p.m. Herzliya has 42 long-day kindergartens, which charge NIS 800 from 1:20 to 4:20 p.m. Ra'anana, with 38 long-day kindergartens, charges NIS 920 from 1:20 to 4:30 p.m. and Ramat Hasharon, with 28 long-day kindergartens, charges NIS 930 from 1:20 to 4:30 p.m. Hod Hasharon, with 17 long-day kindergartens, charges NIS 882 for care from 1:20 to 5 p.m.


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