Family saving big thanks to Goodstart's new sessions
Nicky Hanson is one happy customer, saving almost $200 a week in childcare fees since the new Child Care Subsidy was introduced, thanks to Goodstart Early Learning’s new session options.
Small business owners Ms Hanson (pictured below with son Aston) and partner Troy Garvin send their son Aston, 2, to a Goodstart early learning centre for five days a week.
Since Goodstart launched new flexible session options, the couple are saving the cost of Aston’s fifth day because they enrolled him in a new 10 hour session.
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They also have two older sons who go to Outside Hours School Care (OHSC), and they are also saving a small amount of their daily fees.
“We are saving $190 a week in total since the Child Care Subsidy started, which is massive,” Ms Hanson said.
“Under the new Child Care Subsidy we are entitled to 50 hours a week for Aston’s child care, so now that we have enrolled him in the 10 hour sessions, we are saving an entire days fees and not going over our allotted subsidised hours,” she said.
“With one son in day care and two at school who attend OHSC, these kinds of savings are just amazing.
“We still have two years of Aston attending child care so we are really grateful we can make these kinds of savings; it’s really helping us get back on our feet,” she said.
Since they launched in July, more than 35,000 Australian families have taken up the opportunity to maximise their child care subsidy, thanks to Goodstart Early Learning’s new nine and 10 hour sessions.
Designed to offer families maximum flexibility and help them make the most of the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS), the new sessions in addition to the ‘all day’ session, help families reduce the likelihood of running out of subsided eligible hours and paying full fees for the remaining hours.
More than 50 per cent of Goodstart’s 75,000 families have enrolled in either a nine or 10 hour session, with 48 per cent of families opting to remain on an all-day session.
The new nine and 10 hour daily sessions, combined with the Child Care Subsidy, have been designed to make early learning more accessible to more families and give more children a great start in life.