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 as of February  2021

Tiny Tots        $141 per day

Mini Minors   $141 per day

Top Kids         $141 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

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

The Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is a payment made by the Australian Government to help families with the cost of quality child care and early education. This is paid directly to the service to reduce your weekly fees.

 

Three things will determine a family’s level of Child Care Subsidy:

  1. A family’s combined income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible to receive.
  2. An activity test will determine how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight.
  3. The type of child care service will determine the hourly rate cap.

 

Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive the Child Care Subsidy.

 

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, meeting the residency requirements.

 

The number of hours of subsidised child care that families will have access to per fortnight will be determined by a three-step activity test.

 

In two parent families, both parents, unless exempt, must meet the activity test. In the case where both parents meet different steps of the activity test, the parent with the lowest entitlement will determine the hours of subsidised care for the child.

 

Low income families who earn under a government set threshold who do not meet the activity test will be able to access 24 hours of subsidised care per child per fortnight without having to meet the activity test, as part of the Child Care Safety Net.

 

Under the Child Care Subsidy families are allowed 42 absence days per child each financial year. These can be taken for any reason, including public holidays or when children are sick.

 

  Hours of recognised activity per fortnight Maximum number of hours of subsidised child care per CCS fortnight
1 hours to 16 hours 36 hours
2 More than 16 hours to 48 hours 72 hours
3 More than 48 hours 100 hours

 

 Source: www.education.gov.au/child-care-subsidy-activity-test