Free Childcare Announcement
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The federal government says it will make Australian childcare services free during the coronavirus crisis, with priority given to parents who need to continue working. It is promoting its plan as a way to help childcare centres remain open and viable through the crisis. It also says parents who choose to keep their children at home during the pandemic can remain enrolled without paying fees and keep their place for when the crisis is over.
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Frequently asked questions
What did the government announce about Childcare?
From 6 April, the government will start making payments to childcare centres at the rate of about 50% of the usual fees.
Under the new scheme, what fees will I be charged?
What if my childcare service usually charges more than the hourly fee cap?
What happens to the childcare subsidy I was receiving?
Will fees be reimbursed or just not taken from parents?
The new funding goes directly to childcare centres. You should not have to pay the centre a fee once the new system kicks in next week.
Is it really free for everyone, or are the existing means-testing arrangements still in place?
Will my child’s centre remain open?
In return for the new funding, services will be subject to a range of conditions, including that they “stay open unless closed on public health advice or for other health and safety reasons”. Services that make a business decision to close are not eligible for the new funding.
Can I increase my child’s days in care now?
Families who need to increase their hours or days have been advised to discuss it with their child’s centre. The government is calling on people to show commonsense and understand that the priority will be given to those who need to be working and cannot care for their children.
I work from home – am I eligible for free childcare?
Is there an application process? How much is at the discretion of the centre?
I cancelled my child’s enrolment in the past few weeks? Can I re-enrol?
The government is encouraging families who have terminated their enrolment since 17 February to get back in contact with their centre about restarting their arrangements. “Restarting your enrolment will not require you to send your child to childcare and it certainly won’t require you to pay a gap fee,” Tehan said. “Restarting your enrolment will, however, hold your place for that point in time when things start to normalise, and you are ready to take your child back to their centre.”
So if I keep my child enrolled but choose to keep them at home until the crisis is over, will I have to pay any fees to keep the place?
What about BSC, ASC and Vacation Care? Is this FREE too?
How long will the Free Childcare be available?
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