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The purpose of this letter is to let you know about some government initiatives that may allow you to retain your spot with Kool Kids, whilst also taking actions that are best for your family during this time.
Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship)
As you may be aware, the Australian Government is offering an Additional Child Care Subsidy for temporary financial hardship. This subsidy provides you with short-term support if you are experiencing a significantly reduced ability to pay childcare fees, such as if you have lost income due to being unable to attend work.
If you are eligible, you can receive a subsidy equal to the actual fee charged by the childcare service, which is up to 120% of the CCS hourly rate cap. Therefore, in most cases, the full cost of childcare will be covered. This subsidy can be accessed for up to 13 weeks, and eligible families are entitled to up to 100 hours of subsidised childcare per fortnight.
Should you need to obtain this subsidy, you will be required to provide supporting evidence of a substantial reduction in your ability to pay childcare fees, such as correspondence from your employer.
If you are eligible for the Additional Child Care Subsidy for temporary financial hardship, you will be able to hold your position within our centres without the need to cease care, if you can provide supporting evidence that you are experiencing financial hardship.
As an example, if you have lost your job due to COVID-19, and can provide evidence of this with an email or letter from your employer, you will be eligible for the Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) and will be able to retain your enrolment with Kool Kids.
This link will provide you with further information about the Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship), including how to apply:
Absences from childcare
Alternatively, there are existing arrangements that can support you should your child not be able to attend childcare due to COVID-19.
Whether your child is actually ill or not (including where your child does not attend care as part of your own precautionary measures against potential contact with COVID-19), CCS can be paid for up to 42 absence days per child, per financial year, without the need for families to provide documentation.
The Federal Minister for Education has now increased the number of days that a family can continue to claim the Child Care Subsidy in cases where a child is absent from childcare for more than the currently allowable 42 days. The Federal Minister for Education can now give families access to additional absences without the need for evidence in relation to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), meaning you can retain your enrolment with Kool Kids with CCS continuing to be paid beyond the currently allowable 42 days.
Please call your centre director to discuss options available to you for ongoing care.
Kool Kids Hive Centre Director