After an interesting week spent visiting several centres on work-related stuff it's become very clear that parents haven't sucked up the results of funding cuts but are simply pulling their kids out of hours above their 20-hour-free allocation. Some centres in the middle-class 'burbs are retaining a good percentage of their 'extras', but in the poorer areas they are reporting to be losing over half of the children who attended longer than 20 hours.
So obviously not many parents are able or prepared to pay fees. Centres do not collect and so look forward to experiencing a budget shortfall. How long will they suffer before staff are fired and the bastard State wins?