Child Care Subsidy Requirements

Child care subsidy

As of the 14th January 2019 (today!) families will be required to sign their children in and out daily electronically upon drop off and pick up via iPad at the centre that will be set up at the front bench.

Please see the staff for a demonstration on how to do this and please do not hesitate to ask for assistance.  This is in line with the Governments new Child Care Subsidy requirements which replaced the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate July 2018.  

In recording the actual attendance times, child care providers can include more accurate information in families’ statements of entitlement and session reports to the Australian Government.

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This new procedure is also intended to help parents understand the relationship between the fees they are charged, the amount of subsidy paid to their child care provider on their behalf and their out of pocket expenses.

If your child is not signed in and out daily your CCS payments will not be paid, and you will be responsible for your child's daily full fees. All absences will be recorded as usual.

You can find more information regarding the new Child Care Subsidy package and your obligations here or visit the Department of Human Services.

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Story time at Nestle In with some special guests

Nestle In Story Time
Recently we were lucky to receive some special visitors to our centre, residents from the Palm Lake Resort in Ballina. Palm Lake Resort is a lifestyle community village exclusively built for active mature age living over the age of 55. Palm Lakes is a proudly Australian, family-owned company that create communities that are thoughtful, inspired and welcoming.

Earlier this year, this welcoming community received a collage from our children comprised of beautifully painted horse cut-outs in celebration of their annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon. The residents were so appreciative that they returned the kindness with the donation of various children’s books to our Nestle In Alstonville early learning centre.

Not only did this thoughtful community donate books, but they donated their time too! Our wonderful guests visited our day-care centre and took the time to sit with our children, reading them the incredible book by Michael Rosen, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.

The children delighted in the increased attention, and we were pleasured to watch our little ones develop their social and emotional skills in the presence of new guests.  
As a centre focused on early childhood development we were honoured to have Palm Lake residents contribute to the growth of our children. Shared reading experiences facilitate growth in the ability to actively listen, improving narrative comprehension and vocabulary. Our guests have helped to foster positive attitudes towards reading, which are essential foundations for developing essential literacy skills. The cognitive benefits for both generations becoming engrossed in fiction are of equal measures, with research showing enhanced connectivity in the brain and improved brain function.

And, our marvelous guests didn’t stop there; the room lit-up when they launched into a festive Christmas carol sing-along. This truly was a glorious and rewarding experience for both our children and the residents of Palm Lake Resort.

This concept of “non-familial intergenerational interactions” is something that we believe in. The concept pivots on a simple notion – old and young can bring new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each other’s lives. In Australia studies have proven that such meaningful engagement improves self-esteem, social interaction, enabling a sense of connectedness and friendship in a safe and secure environment.

We are grateful to the vibrant residents of Palm Lake Resort Ballina for their contributions to, and engagement with the children of Nestle In Goonellabah. You’re welcome back any time.

Bunnings community contribution | A big hit with the kids!

Bunnings Ballina community contribution | A big hit with the kids!

There was a beautiful new addition to Nestle In Alstonville Child Care Centre this week; an addition that our children were very excited about. A delivery arrived and not because it’s Christmas. An azure blue roof, aqua walls detailed with tropical green leaves and punctuated with sandy peach doors and windows, made this Bunnings play-house a standout feature in the room. This vibrant gift was bestowed with kindness from the team at Bunnings, Ballina for no other reason than ‘just because’.  

Wonderful Playhouse

As part of their corporate citizenship program Bunnings provide positive value within each store’s local community. Part of this commitment is to provide ‘meaningful and active participation’ with a focus that includes schools and kindergartens. As you can imagine, we were overwhelmed with gratitude when the Ballina store decided to gift us with such a wonderful playhouse.

Beyond bringing joy to our little ones this gift has far greater reach, in that it is meaningful to our children’s development. Play, or cubby-houses are a place for children to retreat and let their imagination run wild. 

A space where unstructured play can take place, fostering creativity that ultimately improves cognitive skills required throughout life. As Peter Gray, author of Free To Learn, said, “Unleashing the instinct to play will make our children happier, more self reliant and better students for life.” 

This incredible play-house was buzzing with social activity, as our little ones explored it and played together. It definitely brought us a few giggles as we observed the different characters the kids assumed, impersonating their parents and some of our teachers too! Listening to our little ones experimenting with language and the social and emotional roles of life is a key developmental shift that we encourage, and a lot of fun for us to observe as teachers too. It’s incredible to watch the kids develop empathy, and responsibility through the practice and pleasure of creative play.

If you didn’t already know, Bunnings conduct many activities with local schools and kindergartens, including a Schools Sustainability Program, Grow Your Own gardening activities and a range of other initiatives. Their contributions to schools and communities are greatly valued.

We are immensely grateful to Bunnings for making our kids happy – just because!

Everyday outdoor classroom activities

World Outdoor Classroom Day

Worldwide Outdoor Classroom Day was held on the 1st of November, 2018.

We were lucky enough to celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day this week which is a global campaign to get children outdoors to play and learn.

The outdoor environment is an educator as well. It encourages sensory exploration whilst supporting the gross motor and physical development for all ages. The educators work in partnership with ongoing programs within each room to support routines and current developmental milestones.


Outdoor Classroom Day is about more than just one day of celebration, inspiration and exploration. The end goal is more time outdoors every day, both at school and at home.

There’s no need to wait for the next Outdoor Classroom Day to take learning outdoors, you can start now with a few great lesson examples that are suitable for children of all ages. Try them, share them, adapt them and more. And prepare to be amazed.

Make an outdoor museum

Turn your grounds into an outdoor museum and bring history to life! Learn about the history of play, think about how toys and games have changed over time. Ask the children to research what their parents and grandparents played with. 

Care for a plant

A great lesson for winter and spring as we start to see plant growth. Ask the children to look after the plant, water, and care for it. A great foundation for a longer project, you can monitor the plants’ growth weekly. 

Construction with rocks

Ask the children to find stones suitable for building a wall and to work in teams. For young children, it’s a great exercise for fine motor skills and is simple and fun!

We will be celebrating Outdoor Classroom Day again on 23rd May 2019.

We hope you enjoy seeing a few snaps from our incredible day!


Nestle In Childcare Centres win at the Regionals

NSW Business Awards

We're proud to announce that Nestle In Childcare Centres won at the 2018 Northern Rivers Regional Business Awards held on Saturday night (October 13) at the Elements at Byron Bay.

Owner and director of Nestle In Preschool and Early Learning Centre's (Goonellabah & Alstonville), Lisa Martin, has been recognised with another prestigious award.

Winner of the Best in the Region for ‘Personal Services’ at the 2018 NSW Business Chamber Regional Awards, Lisa said it was another “proud moment” for her business.

“We didn’t expect this,” Lisa said, hardly able to contain her excitement after winning another award - the second accolade in the past few months.

“What an incredible honour and a huge achievement to win the Regional Award”.

“I am thrilled and extremely grateful to work with such an incredible team; this recognition wouldn’t be possible without them.”

Lisa was presented with the ‘Personal Services’ award by sponsor Josh Mills, manager of WIN Television network, at the Gala Event held at Elements of Byron, in Byron Bay, on Saturday night.

This win, on top of their recent local award win for the ‘Personal Services’ category at the Lismore Business Excellence Awards, signifies how far the business had come since humble beginnings in 2011.

“The award solidifies the collaboration of our carefully chosen qualified team who are wholly dedicated to providing children with the love and nurture we believe all children deserve”.

“We intend to continue to provide a quality service to children and families in the local area,” Lisa said.

The Nestle In story began nine years ago out of a need for families who were in the workforce or studying, looking for quality education.

The Alstonville centre now provides Early Childhood programs for 39 children daily and employs 11 educators.

These awards measure high praise for Nestle In, earnt by delivering a personal service that has been recognised by the highest level for an early childhood education provider in the region.

Finalists at the Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce Awards

Alstonville Wollongbar Awards

Nestle In Alstonville Education & Care Centre, near Wollongbar were announced as finalists at the Alstonville Wollongbar Chamber of Commerce Awards at the weekend. Proudly based in a welcoming home learning environment located on Wardell Rd, Alstonville, near Wollongbar since 2002.  The centre was founded by Lisa Martin with a Bachelor of Education and major in Early Childhood Education.

We are privately owned and long day care centre that cares for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (0-5 years) who are nurtured and taught valuable life skills. These will prepare them all the way through to Primary School (and beyond). Our centre provide Early Childhood programs and can hold 39 children daily and employ 11 staff members.

Nestle In always looking for ways to go over and above for our children and their families. Pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service that is not just personalised, but individualised care and consideration for each child and their needs. We are becoming well-known locally and further afield. Most of our customers are a result of existing customer recommendations and word of mouth.

Our centre provides quality education and care programs that support the Early Years Learning Framework including the NSW Transition to School Statement and are conveniently opened long day-care hours from 7am – 6pm.

Preschool Activities | A Magical Morning for Nestle In Preschool Kids

Preschool Activities Nestlein Goonellabah

A flurry of excitement swirled through the book filled shelves at Alstonville Library as pre-schoolers from Alstonville and Possum Creek took their place for this years’ National Simultaneous Storytime.

At 11am on Wednesday 23rd May children came together at libraries across Australia for the annual campaign led by the ALIA, which encourages young Australians to read and enjoy books. This delightful event aligns perfectly with our philosophy of providing creative, stimulating educational experiences that provide opportunities for children to develop their imagination and linguistic skills.


Hickory Dickory Dash


Set in the nurturing environment of Alstonville library our pre-schoolers settled as National Simultaneous Storytime began. Hickory Dickory Dash written by Tony Wilson, and illustrated by Laura Wood, was the chosen book for this year’s event. The magical story of a mother mouse in search of her two lost sons had our little ones captivated. Engaged in the ebbs and flow of rhyme and repetition, we delighted in the roars and gasps as mumma mouse ran to stay ahead of the wicked house cat. This charming tale filled with humour and gripping suspense took our pre-schoolers on a magical journey, that only such beautifully crafted picture-books can provide.

This special sharing time was a highlight on our preschool activities calendar. However, story time is an integral part of our weekly preschool activities program. Reading to preschool children effects brain activity and is critical for language development. Our team carefully select engaging books that not only stimulate imagination, but also create amazing experiences that evoke an avid interest in reading.

It’s beautiful to watch a child develop empathy through immersing themselves in books where they can identify with a character’s thoughts and feelings. Just as important as early brain development is the joy of discovering literature that makes your children laugh.


Goonellabah Preschool


This fantastic annual event is devised to assist your child in developing a lifelong love of books, storytelling and the library. This is a theme that we support and is held close to our early childhood education values.

For more information about our NestleIn Goonellabah Preschool Activities Program click HERE. Or to take part in your local library’s story time program follow this LINK.

Enrol your child in our Pre-School program now 

Make sure that they don’t miss out on next year’s wonderful event!

The New Childcare Package

The New Childcare Package

From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families.

So what does this mean for you? 

The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services.

There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.

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

  1. Combined family income
  2. Activity level of parents
  3. Type of child care service

Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:

  • the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
  • the child meeting immunisation requirements
  • the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.

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The Child Care Safety Net

The package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

Next steps

The current arrangements don't change until 2 July 2018. More information about what families need to do to prepare for the change will be available in early 2018.

What do I need to do?

Families should start thinking about how the changes may affect them.

Families currently using child care will be contacted in early 2018 with more details about the changes.

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the new way the Government will assist families with their child care fees.

Estimating Child Care Subsidy

Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator is available to make it easy for families to get an idea of what their new subsidy might be under the New Child Care Package.

The estimator is user-friendly and only takes a few minutes to fill out.

Child Care Safety Net

The Child Care Safety Net will give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.


A range of information resources are available to assist families in understanding the details of the new package.

You can also contact Lisa here at Nestle In, who would be happy to guide you through the changes and help you with any questions you have about Daycare at Nestle In or Possum Place.

*Information and links sourced from the Australian Government Department of Education & Training Website.