Our Fees

Brunswick Crèche is a not-for-profit organisation. Fees are set by the Committee of Management to cover all centre operating costs. The centre only receives government funding for the Kindergarten program.

Operating costs are reviewed bi-annually by the Committee of Management and childcare fees are adjusted accordingly. Fee increases are advertised 4 weeks prior to their effective date.

Payment of Fees

Fees are charged weekly, by direct debit. Once enrolment is confirmed, a direct debit request together with a client centre agreement will be supplied. Receipts are issued weekly by email. A hard copy can be provided on request.

 

Fee Costs at July 2019

Tiny Tots        $128 per day

Mini Minors   $128 per day

Top Kids         $128 per day

Holidays

The centre is closed on all Public Holidays. Normal fees apply for these days.

Christmas/New Year

The centre is closed for approximately three weeks over the Christmas/New Year period. Families are given adequate notice and dates are confirmed by the 30th of June each year.
Fees are not charged during the Christmas/New Year closure.

Absence

Fees are payable during absences including public holidays and illness.

You are requested to notify the centre of absences in advance or by 9.00am on that day. Please let the centre know if your child is ill with an infectious disease to allow educators to keep an eye out for similar symptoms in other children.

Maintenance and Equipment Levy

A Maintenance and Equipment Levy is charged per child, upon enrolment and annually thereafter. The current levy is $135.00. This levy is reviewed annually. Families commencing after May will be charged $67.50 per child.

This levy provides additional funds for the maintenance of buildings and equipment, the purchase of play materials, books and toys for the children.

Holding Fees

A 100% holding fee will be charged to families reserving a place prior to commencing normal attendance at the centre. There is no discounted holding fee. During any holding period you will be requested to allow the centre to offer the place temporarily to another family and, if the place is temporarily filled, a holding fee will not be charged on those days. You have the right to refuse such a request.

Holding fees will be charged by direct debit, weekly and in advance.

Minimum Notice Period

Families wishing to withdraw their child from the centre or reduce days of attendance need to provide four weeks’ notice in writing. Fees remain payable if the child does not attend the centre during the notice period unless the vacancy is filled.

Where the cessation date is after 31 October, the payment of full fees will be required for the remainder of the calendar year, unless the vacancy is filled.

Child Care Subsidy

Combined Family Income

Your family’s combined income will calculate the CCS percentage you’re entitled to. Remember, you will need to contact Centrelink when your combined income increases or decreases.

 

Family Income  CCS
$66,958 85%
$66,958 – $171, 958 Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $66,958
$171,958 – $251,248 50%
$251,248 – $341,248 Subsidy reduces 1% for every $3,000 over $251,248
$341,248 – $351,248 20%
$351,248+ Nil

 

These tax brackets will be adjusted as per CPI every financial year.

 

Level of activity

CCS is linked to how much a family contributes to the Australian economy through activity. This activity level is calculated from the parent with the lowest number of hours of activity.

 

Hours of activity (per fortnight) Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)
8 hours to 16 hours 36 hours
16 hours to 48 hours 72 hours
More than 48 hours 100 hours

 

What counts as activity?

Under the new system, you will only be able to access the Child Care Subsidy if you are doing suitable activity and the amount of activity will then determine how many hours of Childcare Subsidy you are eligible for.

Activity counts as:

  • Paid work (including unpaid lunch breaks)
  • Commute time from childcare centre to work (excludes time travelling form home to childcare centre and vice versa)
  • Authorised leave (eg maternity leave, long service leave, annual leave etc)
  • Unpaid leave of up to 6 months
  • Unpaid work in a family business
  • Setting up a new business
  • Study
  • Training and study (includes semester breaks)
  • Work experience/internships (whether paid or not)
  • Volunteering
  • Looking for work (eg internet research, contacting employers, preparing resumes/letters of application, preparing for and attending job interviews, travel time for interviews

 

The new caps

The current cap of $7,500 per child has been updated depending on your family’s combined income.

  • Families earning less than $186,958 = no cap
  • Families earning $186,958 to $351,248 = $10,190 cap
  • Families earning over $351,248 are not eligible for CCS

Note: the government will be holding back 5% of CCS paid to families until reconciliation at the end of every financial year. This balance will be paid back to families in their tax return if they are eligible.

 

What you need to do now

Register for CCS through your MyGov account and provide Centrelink with

A.Your projected family income for the financial year.

  1. Your activity levels.
  2. The name of the childcare centre your child is currently enrolled at

You will then receive a notification from Centrelink informing you of your CCS

  1. Percentage
  2. Hours of subsidy