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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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!

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!