- Extension on the 42 Allowable absences where the CCS will continue to be paid so you can keep your child at home should you want to.
- If childcare is mandated to close there will be no cost to families at all and CCS for the time of closure still comes to Kids College.
- Free 13 weeks of childcare where the government pays CCS and your gap fee for families experiencing temporary financial hardship, whether or not your child attends care.
- KEEPING YOUR CHILD ENROLLED, YOUR CHOICE IF THEY ATTEND OR NOT EXTEND THE ALLOWABLE ABSENCES WHERE CCS WILL BE PAID
- the number of days that a family can continue to claim the Child Care Subsidy in cases where a child is absent from childcare has been extended to more than the currently allowable 42 days;
- families can now access to additional absences without the need for evidence in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19);
The Government are allowing children to remain enrolled and have lifted the cap on allowable absences so families have the freedom to choose if they want their children to attend their childcare or not. No pressure to bring them to childcare if you are uncomfortable with that. Your government CCS contributions will continue indefinitely.
- IF CHILDCARE IS CLOSED DOWN, FAMILIES WON’T HAVE TO PAY THE GAP FEE BUT IT WILL ALLOW US TO CLAIM CCS
- the current requirement for early learning services to charge families gap fees if the service is directed to temporarily close has been waived.
early learning services will continue to be paid the Child Care Subsidy, which can be up to 85% of the daily fee, if they are directed to temporarily close due to the Coronavirus.
This means that the government have changed legislation to allow centres to claim the CCS portion of children’s enrolment without charging the families the gap fee. This will make it easier to reopen Kids College after a period of shut down. Families are essentially putting their childcare on hold and we can simply resume care after the shutdown period. This guarantees your child’s spot. This is crucial to Kids College future so if you choose to do this, it would be very much appreciated.
- IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING TEMPORARY FINANCIAL HARDSHIP YOU CAN ACCESS 13 WEEKS FREE CHILDCARE IF THE CHILDREN ARE ATTENDING OR NOT
This means your child keeps their spot (your choice if they attend or not) you don’t pay gap fee but the government pay the full amount of our fees to us. This is a big help from the government for ensuring the future of your child’s childcare spot and the survival of Kids College. This is crucial to Kids College future so if you choose to do this, it would be very much appreciated.
Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship)
ACCS (temporary financial hardship) is already available now for families experiencing financial hardship and provides short-term support to families experiencing a significantly reduced ability to pay child care fees, such as if the parent lost income due to being unable to attend work. Eligible families will receive a subsidy equal to the actual fee charged by the child care service, up to 120 per cent of the CCS hourly rate cap. In most cases, the full cost of child care will be covered. It can be accessed for up to 13 weeks and eligible families are entitled to up to 100 hours of subsidised child care per fortnight. Families will be required to provide supporting evidence of a substantial reduction in their ability to pay child care fees, such as an email from their employer.
To find out about how your family could access this help contact
Families can call Centrelink about Child Care Subsidy and other family payments on 136 150, from Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm.
Childcare is so important in so many ways. Not just for early childhood education in the most formative of a child’s years but childcare is a family supporting your child and your family. In uncertain times we are that safety and familiarity for your family. Thank you so much for your love and support. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any queries or just need to chat. It is such a tough time for all of us. Please let us know what your family needs.
Together we will get through this. With love, laughter and learning from your friends in the ‘village it takes to raise a child’
Teacher Jen and the Kids College Childcare family