ENROLMENTS & FEES

An enrolment fee of $300.00 is applicable when a place for your child is confirmed. Please note this fee is non-refundable. An enrolment form, together with immunization records is required to be filled out completely, and given to the centre prior to orientation.

Creche fees are billed and full payment is due on a fortnightly basis every 2 weeks, in advance.

Our fees include a hot meal, morning tea, afternoon tea, nappies and sunscreen.

 

CHILD CARE SUBSIDY (CCS)

Am I Entitled to Child Care Subsidy?

You may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). The CCS is a payment made by the Australian Government to help families with the cost of quality child care and early education. This is paid directly to the service to reduce your weekly fees. It is the responsibility of the parent to register for Child Care Subsidy. This can be done by contacting Centrelink either in person, by phone on 136 150 or by accessing their My Gov account at my.gov.au. For information on how to apply online please visit this link

Calculating your CCS

Three things will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:

 1.A family’s combined income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible to receive.

Family income

CCS %

$66,958

85%

$66,958 – $171, 958

Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $66,958

$171,958 – $251,248

50%

$251,248 – $341,248

Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $251,248

$341,248 – $351,248

20%

$351,248+

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. An activity test will determine how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight (please refer below for examples of what may be included in activity hours).

Hours of activity (per fortnight)

Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)

8 hours to 16 hours

36 hours

16 hours to 48 hours

72 hours

More than 48 hours

100 hours

 

 

 

 

Activity counts as:

  • Paid work (including unpaid lunch breaks)
  • Commute time from childcare centre to work (excludes time travelling form home to childcare centre and vice versa)
  • Authorised leave (e.g maternity leave, long service leave, annual leave etc)
  • Unpaid leave of up to 6 months
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Setting up a new business

3.The type of child care service will determine the hourly rate cap.

Capped CCS

  • Families earning less than $186,958 = no cap
  • Families earning $186,958 to $351,248 = $10,190 cap
  • Families earning over $351,248 are not eligible for CCS

Please Note: the government will be holding back 5% of CCS paid to families until reconciliation at the end of every financial year. This balance will be paid back to families in their tax return if they are eligible.

 You can calculate an estimate using the online centrelink calculator here  

For more information please visit the government’s website here.

  HOLIDAY/ILLNESS

Full fees are payable when children are absent from the centre due to being on holidays, sickness, or a general day off from creche. We are unable to offer make up and swapping days. If you require extra care due to special circumstances, please contact the Coordinator. Advance notice is required if children are going to be absent due to holidays. If your child is going to be absent due to illness, please inform the centre on that day.

 

TERMINATING YOUR PLACE

A month’s termination notice will be in effect regardless if the child has physically started, and one month’s notice with full payment must be given to the centre when terminating your place, or decreasing the amount of days you require.   In the case of your child being designated to stay until Pesach, then one month’s notice does not apply and payment of full fees is due till Pesach

When terminating care at the end of a year, full fees are payable to the end of the year, unless the child has left before September 1.

If you give notice to terminate your place, full fees will be charged and CCS will only be given for the days your child attends during the notice periods.

Children who turn 3 from January till May, and have been given a confirmed booking for the full year, then a three months’ notice must be given when leaving the creche.

 

IMMUNISATION

All children enrolled at the Centre should be immunised according to the State of Victoria Immunisation Schedule. Immunisation information records given to parents with enrolment forms should be completed and returned to the centre prior to commencement. Immunisation against Hepatitis B is encouraged, but not a requirement of enrolment. Parents should discuss the matter with their doctor.

If a parent chooses not to immunise their child, they must provide a written statement to this effect prior to the commencement of care. A non-immunised child will be excluded from the centre if there is an outbreak of disease listed on the Victorian Immunisation Schedule.

Immunisation must be up to date, or parents will lose their right to receive Childcare Subsidy.