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Fees dependent on things such as the number of days in care, the age of your child as well as your eligibility for any government subsidies.

We recommend speaking with your Centre Director who will be able to provide you with a quote.

Little Explorers Learning Centre, along with many other providers in the sector, closes for public holidays. If your scheduled booked day falls on public holidays, fees will still apply as staff and operating costs still need to be covered.

The Australian Government's Child Care Subsidy (CCS) covers up to 42 absence days a year, which includes public holidays. Therefore, unless you exceed this quota, you will be eligible for the CCS discount on public holidays. You may also able to use our holiday discount on these days, provided you have given us the required two weeks' notice* (*conditions apply).

Yes, fees still apply for sick days. However, your Centre Director may be able to arrange a make-up or swap day at their discretion. The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will cover up to 42 absence days a year with no documentation and unlimited sick days if you're able to provide a medical certificate or similar.

Normal fees apply for all absences (including Public Holidays) that fall on a usual schedule day of attendance. However, Little Explorers may offer a holiday discount and the holiday discount may be applied at the discretion of the Centre Director. Child care fee payments need to be up-to-date to receive a holiday discount.

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is available, offered by the Australian Government for which you may be eligible. To find out if you are eligible for this subsidy, visit the Department of Human Services website

In 2018 July, the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy.

The New Child Care Package

We have a Family Relations Team that is dedicated to answering all your enquiries and can walk you through the entire process, including eligibility, subsidy caps, calculators and more.

  • Phone: 8362 3000
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What’s changing?

From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package. The Package will help parents with children aged 0 – 13 work, train, study, and volunteer. The Package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. It will be paid directly to services.

The new Childcare Subsidy (CCS) will
  • be simpler than the current multi-payment system
  • reduce out of pocket expenses for most families
  • be more targeted, providing further assistance to low and middle-income families

The activity level of parents

The number of hours of subsidised care families can access, will be determined by an activity test. The higher the level of activity, the more hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight.

  • Recognised activities 
  • Paid work, training and volunteering
  • Paid and unpaid leave, including parental leave
  • Casual/irregular hours of paid work (estimated over a three-month period using the week with the most number of hours worked)
  • Activity includes lunch hours and travel to and from the activity to childcare (up to an hour each way)
The new caps

The current cap of $7,500 per child has been updated depending on your family’s combined income.
  • 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
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.

What do you need to do now?

To transition, you will be required to complete an online Child Care Subsidy assessment using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You will be asked to provide some new information and confirm your current details, including:
  1. Combined family
  2. Activity level of parents
  3. Type of child care service
A Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator has been provided to assist in working out the impact on your individual situation.  We encourage all our families to review this ‘Subsidy Estimator’ so that you are well informed on what this change means for you.

More information about the new child care subsidy can be found on the Department of Education and Training website (Information for families).


Let us help your child experience the love of learning the natural way.



(Under 2 Years)

Young children need lots of love and extra special care and our Infant Care program provide just that for under 2-year-olds. Each dedicated infant room is a comfortable place filled with nurturing surroundings and loving care. Our program offers each child one-on-one and group activities, gentle play and safe exploration. It is stimulating to the development of young minds without being overwhelming.

Each infant's needs are different, so we have flexible routines for babies under 12 months. There are areas for sleep, relaxing and personal space and the opportunity for outdoor experiences in the fresh air. Moreover, you don’t miss out on all those little things that happen each day, your child has their own personal learning journal that captures their journey as it unfolds.

Teachers in our infant classrooms are committed to creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere where babies can explore and interact with their environment and peers in the classroom. Teachers will encourage and assist the children on Physical Development, Language/Literacy, Cognitive and General Knowledge, Approaches to Learning, Social/Emotional Development and Creative Arts using healthy interactions with other infants and adults.


  • Bottles filled and labelled
  • Labelled sipper cup/water bottle
  • Sun hat/winter hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Cot sheets
  • Comforters
  • Any medication or cream


(2-3 YEARS)

For a toddler, the world is a magical place, full of constant learning and exploration. When caring for toddlers we help facilitate that adventure along with positive emotional guidance helping them to understand the boundaries of their independence.

We help provide structure to little lives through a consistent routine, which includes free play, structured play, group times for music and language, and outdoor experiences. Our encouraging and nurturing staff are sensitive to the individual needs of each toddler’s social and emotional development. In addition, each child has their own personal learning journal, which helps you follow them on their exciting journey of self-discovery.

Teachers in our toddler classrooms focus on self-soothing and self-regulation techniques, promoting independence, motor-skill development and coordination. Curiosity and imagination are where the learning begins. The teacher will assess the children daily in the areas of Physical Development, Language/Literacy, Social/Emotional Development and Creative Arts.


  • Bottles filled and labelled
  • Labelled sipper cup/water bottle
  • Sun hat/winter hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Comforters
  • Any medication or cream


(3-5 YEARS)

As 3-year-olds start coming into their own, it’s important they have time and space to explore their independence in a safe and supportive environment. We help develop autonomy and an openness to learning.

We encourage respectfulness and nurture social development skills. Our structured yet flexible program provides lots of opportunities for individual and group learning in language, music, communications and problem-solving skills. And because children also have so much energy to burn, our exciting outdoor play areas offer plenty of room for active play. Your child will also have their own personal learning journal so you can see what they’ve been up to.

Our teachers will focus on helping the pre-schoolers explore and develop their sense of self. Our daily schedule provides consistency and flexibility with a good mix of Physical play, Social/Emotional Development, Language /Literacy, Approaches to Learning, Cognitive and General Knowledge Activities and Creative Arts. Our teachers will track your child’s progress through the child’s assessment portfolio system and daily communication tools.

School Readiness Program

Our school readiness program is aimed at preparing our young people for a big school/kindergarten. We focus on helping children understand and deal with their emotions, to be able to initiate friendships and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. We know that social and emotional readiness will assist in successful entry to school, allowing them to be effective learners.

Our school readiness program, with qualified teachers, offers a secure and encouraging environment for children to develop autonomy focus on respectful relationships and understand social courtesies. We engage children with an individual, small group and whole group experiences and structured group sessions for discussion times, music and language. All activities are designed to be flexible and are focused on the learning experience rather than the academic outcome, while literacy and numeracy are introduced naturally through everyday experiences.


  • Bottles filled and labelled
  • Labelled sipper cup/water bottle
  • Sun hat/winter hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Comforters
  • Any medication or cream