ECE Services, especially community-based ones, often organise fundraising activities for social reasons and to raise additional funds.
Services may also ask parents to take part in group working-bees or a parent-helper roster for cleaning, washing, preparing art materials, and doing other such tasks.
Volunteering for their child’s ECE service is something that parents universally accept as a good thing to do.
Unfortunately, not all ECE services recognise the voluntary component of parent contributions and try to charge parents who are unable for whatever reason to contribute their time or physical effort to a fundraising project or working bee.
Advice to parents
If you are unable to help out this time, say you will next time.
Helping out is voluntary and ethically it is not right for a service to put a dollar value to helping and charge a parent in lieu of helping.