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Child care fee assistance

As a not for profit Goodstart works hard to keep the cost of care as low as possible to support all children to access high quality early learning. Fees vary based on location of the centre, age of the child and how many days per week your child attends. Find a centre in your local area and view the Fees and Inclusions section to learn more. 

The Government also provides a range of subsidies to help reduce the cost of childcare for families. You can read more about the available subsidies.

Estimate your Child Care Subsidy

Use our Child Care Subsidy estimator to calculate how much Child Care Subsidy you may be eligible for.

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  • CCS is a payment from the Government that will provide financial assistance towards the cost of your child’s care and reduce the cost of your total child care fees. It is available to you if you are a parent, foster parent or grandparent with a child in your care who is attending a child care program approved by the Government.
    There are certain requirements you need to meet to be eligible for CCS. Until your CCS has been approved and has commenced, we will require full payment of your child’s early learning and care fees.

    What should I know about the new Child Care Subsidy?

    There are three key factors that will determine how much Child Care Subsidy families may receive:

    • The combined family income – how much families earn
    • Your fortnightly family activity level – how much families work, train, study or volunteer
    • The fees charged by the child care service

    Click here to use our child care subsidy estimator.

  • Initial Absence Days

    Like most early learning centres and preschools, your child’s place is reserved when they are away so the day still needs to be paid for. Each financial year, the Family Assistance Office will pay your child’s CCS entitlements for the first 42 absence days. These absences can be for any reason, and the initial 42 days must be used before any additional absences can be claimed (please see below).

    Additional Absence Days

    You may receive CCS for absence days after the initial 42 days each financial year. For all absences beyond the first 42 absent days, CCS will only be paid if you are able to provide evidence to demonstrate the absence has occurred under permitted circumstances. There is no limit on these days, but you will be required to provide documentation to support the absence.

  • Normal fees apply for all absences that fall on a usual day of attendance unless the family provides written notice two weeks in advance to apply the holiday discount on the full fee. Holiday discount is available for up to four weeks of care per financial year. Under exceptional circumstances, holiday discount may be applied outside these requirements at the discretion of the Centre Director. Fee payments must be up to date to receive holiday discount. 

    Holiday Discounts

    • The Holiday Discount terms are as follows:
      • The Holiday Discount is 25% off the full child care fees for a child per financial year, based on the child’s routine booking at the time of application.
      • Holiday Discount is available for planned child absences from the centre up to four weeks. 
    • A family is eligible for Holiday Discount if: 
      • The family applies for the Holiday Discount by providing the completed Holiday Discount Form to Goodstart at least 14 days before the holiday start date.
      • The requested holiday sessions are within the remaining discount entitlement for the financial year for that child
      • There are no outstanding payments on the family’s account at the end of the week immediately before the week the child is on holidays;
      • A family is not entitled to any Holiday Discount in conjunction with any other discount or rebate offered by Goodstart.
    • The 25% Holiday Discount, based on attendance: 

      1 day attendance = 4 days per financial year

      2 days attendance = 8 days per financial year

      3 days attendance = 12 days per financial year

      4 days attendance = 16 days per financial year

      5 days attendance = 20 days per financial year

  • We will do everything possible to support the changing needs of families and their children. Two weeks’ written notice is required to change or cancel your child’s regular booked days of attendance. If your child does not attend their last sessions of care, you will be charged full fees for the days they are absent.

    Swap days

    If you would like to swap your child’s regular days, and the alternative days you want are available in the same week, this can be offered at your Centre Director’s discretion. We will notify you during the week prior if we are able to accommodate your request, as vacancies cannot be confirmed until this time. If your child does not attend on the requested alternative days, or if the requested alternative days are not available and your child does not attend on their regular days, your usual charges will apply for the absence.

    Additional days

    Additional days can be requested at any time and taken immediately if available. If unavailable, your request for additional days can be added to your centre’s waiting list.

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