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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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.

Resources

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.