Fees at St Mary MacKillop Early Learning Centres
Parents will be required to pay the relevant fee, less the childcare subsidy (CCS). The Childcare Subsidy is the subsidy provided by the Commonwealth Government for children in childcare. It is means and activity tested and is paid directly to the Centre for children whose subsidy has been approved. Conditions include:
- The Centre has been advised that the CCS has been approved.
- The parent has completed the "Complying Written Agreement".
- The child has attended the Centre for the periods claimed (this must be verified by attendance records);
- The parents have paid their share of the fees.
To receive your subsidy you must apply through the Dept Human Services(DHS) and register your child. The DHS will assess your details and will notify you of the assessment outcome.
If you have not applied for the subsidy, or if you have not paid your fees, you become liable to the Centre for the full childcare fees.
Payment of Fees
The centre will require all parents who have regular bookings to sign an EZIDEBIT authority to transfer fees from their bank accounts. The cost to parents for this service is $1.18 per transfer from a nominated bank account or 2.2% per transfer from a nominated credit card. Parents can nominate the day that they wish the transfer to be made, and the frequency (weekly or fortnightly). Fees are required to be a minimum of 2 weeks in advance at all times.
The Gap Fee
Unless special circumstances prevail, parents are limited to receiving childcare benefit for up to 100 hours per fortnight. If parents do not meet the “activity test” they may be limited to receiving 24 hours of childcare subsidy per fortnight. These are assumed hours. That is, if you are booked in for a full fortnight you will receive CCS for the 100 hours, even though the child, in attending for 5 days, was here for fewer hours.
With daily attendance, a child attending for a day can receive CCS for 12 hours that the centre is open, even though the attendance may have been for only 7 or 8 hours.
We will try to keep fee increases aligned with increases in the CPI rates.
It is a condition of enrolment at this centre that all parents agree to and sign an Ezidebit authority. Any extra days other than the normal booked days will require cash payment in advance.
Any default in payment may result in termination of care. This will be at the discretion of the Director.
Please ensure all Fee Payments are a minimum of 2 weeks in advance at all times. Please refer to the Parents' Handbook for more detailed information on holidays, rostered shift workers, sick