Introducing Sessional Care
The introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy from 2 July 2018 will mean that a number of families within our local community are going to incur greater out of pocket expenses for their child’s care and education fees. In an effort to assist families and provide greater options for flexibility, Little Lane Early Learning - Hawthorn is introducing Sessional Care.
From the 2nd of July, you will have the option to book your child into 1, 2 or 3 sessions throughout the day, allowing you to have more control over what you pay.
Our new Sessional Care, along with our new extended opening hours of 6:30am to 6:30pm, ensures that we're able to provide high quality early childhood education and care programs that suit the needs of your family.
Our new Sessional Care model will enable you to pick the sessions of care that best suit the needs of your family.
Conditions do apply, so please contact us to discuss how these Sessional Care options can assist your family.
6:30am – 6:30pm
Monday to Friday
Open 52 weeks of the year and closed on public holidays
Fee Schedule effective 2/07/2018
Set Two-day per week enrolments
|Monday & Tuesday OR||8:30am - 4:30pm||6:30am - 8:30am||4:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Thursday & Friday||$250.00 per week||$15.00 per session||$15.00 per session|
Set Three-day per week enrolments
|Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday OR||8:30am - 4:30pm||6:30am - 8:30am||4:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Wednesday, Thursday & Friday||$375.00 per week||$15.00 per session||$15.00 per session|
|Monday - Friday||8:30am-4:30pm||6:30am-8:30am||4:30pm-6:30pm|
|$625.00 per week||$15.00 per session||$15.00 per session|
Enrolment fee - (non refundable)
$100.00 per family
Enrolment Bond - Refunded at end of enrolment with four weeks notice
2 day enrolment - $1240.00
3 & 5 day enrolment - $1500.00
Child Care Subsidy (CCS)
The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a means and activity tested payment provided by the Australian Government to assist families will the cost of Early Childhood Education and Care fees. Little Lane Early learning - Hawthorn is a CCS approved service and families enrolled will be eligible to claim the payment depending on their personal circumstances.
Child Care Subsidy Eligibility
Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:
- the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
- the child meeting immunisation requirements
- the individual, or their partner, meets the residency requirements.
In addition, to be eligible for Child Care Subsidy the individual must be liable to pay for care provided, the care must be delivered in Australia by an approved child care provider, and not be part of a compulsory education program.
How does it work?
There are three factors that will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy. These are:
- Combined Family Income
- Activity Test – the activity level of both parents
- Service Type – type of child care service
The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to providers to be passed on to families as a fee reduction. Families will make a co-contribution to their child care fees and pay to the provider the difference between the fee charged and the subsidy amount.
The New Child Care Package will also provide targeted additional fee assistance for vulnerable families through the Child Care Safety Net.
Priority of Access
It is a condition of approval and continued approval for Child Care Benefit (CCB) purposes that services must comply with family assistance law.
The Priority of Access Guidelines are set out in the Child Care Benefit (Eligibility of Child Care Services for Approval and Continued Approval) Determination 2000.
The Priority of Access Guidelines must be used by approved services to allocate available child care places where there are more families requiring care than places available.
When filling vacant places, a service must fill them according to the following priorities:
Within these main Priority categories, priority should also be given to children in:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
- families which include a disabled person
- families which include an individual whose adjusted taxable income does not exceed the lower income threshold of $43,727 for 2015-2016 or who or whose partner is on income support
- families from a non-English speaking background
- socially isolated families
- single parent families.
Under the Priority of Access Guidelines a child care service may require a Priority 3 child only to vacate a place to make room for a higher priority child. The service can only do so if: