If your child is attending Learn Smart Early Learning Centres, your family may be eligible to apply for government assistance with Centrelink such as the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). When you apply for the Child Care Subsidy, your activity hours and household income will be assessed by the Family Assistance Office (FAO). The FAO will determine the number of hours your family is entitled to receive CCS for and the percentage to calculate fees. All families receiving CCS from Centrelink will still need to pay a GAP fee. The GAP fee is the out of pocket expense that you will pay to the child care centre. Should you have any queries, please contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 61 50.
The FAO allows 42 days absence per child per year. Included in the 42 days are public holidays and any other day your child is registered as absent. After that time, the family will need to provide a medical certificate from their medical practitioner to our child care staff. It will be up to the centre whether or not to claim this absence as an allowable absence.
Families are not entitled to claim the Centrelink Child Care Subsidy before they commence care or after they cease care. If your child is absent in the last week of the termination of care notice period, they will not be entitled to the rebate for that time. Parents will be expected to pay full fees during this period.
Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about the child care subsidy and get advice on how to apply for the Child Care Subsidy.
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