Debt collectors chase parents for unpaid childcare fees

PARENTS owing as little as $100 in unpaid childcare expenses are being chased by debt collectors as centres get fed up with unpaid fees.

In some cases centres are seeing parents rort the system by "centre hopping" children from location to location and leaving a trail of unpaid fees behind them, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Australia's largest debt collection agency, Prushka, said unpaid childcare fees is becoming a huge problem, as parents remain crippled by the rising cost of living and childcare fees are pushing them to the brink.

Single parents, parents on benefits and those in casual employment are among the worst non-payers in the system.