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.

Session Times Subsidised hours Fee
Morning Session 6:30am-8:30am 2 $15.00
Core Session 8:30am-4:30pm 8 $125.00
Afternoon Session 4:30pm-6:30pm 2 $15.00


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.


Opening hours

6:30am – 6:30pm
Monday to Friday
Open 52 weeks of the year and closed on public holidays

Childcare Hawthorn
Fee Schedule effective 2/07/2018

Consecutive Enrolments

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

Full-time enrolments

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.

For more information about CCS, you can visit the Starting Blocks website or contact the Department of Human Services.

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:

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:

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:

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