Early childhood education and care subsidy
Written on the 8 May 2020 by Arrow
Child care and early childhood education is critical for families who rely on it so they can continue to work throughout this ongoing crisis, particularly those who are working in critical areas.
Under the care subsidy, the government will calculate what a centre's revenue was in the fortnight to March 2, based on enrolments and pay 50 per cent of that directly to the centre. This is on the basis that centres remain open and families are not charged for care.
The funding commenced from April 6 and will cover enrolments as they stood in the fortnight leading up to March 2, before people started their kids out of care en masse due to health fears and as jobs were lost. The means and activity testing of fee subsidies will be dropped while the new system is in place.
Centres must also seek to re-enrol children who have been withdrawn, to make sure parents can keep places if they need them once the crisis is passed.
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Information in this article has been sourced from: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/early-childhood-education-and-care-relief-package