FEES AND BENEFITS
Fees dependent on things such as the number of
days in care, the age of your child as well as your eligibility for any
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 www.humanservices.gov.au
In 2018 July, the Child Care Subsidy replaced the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means-tested subsidy.
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
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
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:
- Combined family
- Activity level of parents
- Type of child care service
More information about the new child care subsidy can be found on the Department of Education and Training website (Information for families).