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.
You will be advised what your fee payable is after taking into account; any application of the Government Child Care Subsidy at your child’s initial enrolment. The government child care subsidy is paid directly to the Centre and will offset against the Centre fees.
Current Fees are $152 per day
Maintenance and Levy Fee
A Maintenance and Equipment Levy (per child) is payable upon enrolment and annually thereafter. The levy is $135 per child, and the levy value 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 and the purchase of play materials, books and toys for the children. This levy also covers the cost of the children’s compulsory sun safe hat. These are not covered by your daily childcare fees.
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.
Our Centre is closed on public holidays. Fees apply for all public holiday closures that fall on your usual day of attendance. CCS will not be paid for public holidays if 42 absences have already been used.
We understand that sometimes due to illnesses, vacations or any other reasons, children need to have time away from the Centre. Please let us know if your child is unable to participate in the program on their usual day/s of attendance.
You are requested to notify the Crèche 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 and to notify the other families.
Fees are payable during absences including public holidays and illness.
Withdrawal Notice Period
Families are required to provide the Director with four (4) weeks’ notice in writing if you wish to change/ drop days/ or cease enrolment. The four (4) weeks’ notice of withdrawal is effective at the commencement on a new Direct Debit week (Monday). 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
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:
- A family’s combined income will determine the percentage of subsidy they are eligible to receive.
- An activity test will determine how many hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 per fortnight.
- 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.
- 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
|8 hours to 16 hours
|More than 16 hours to 48 hours
|More than 48 hours
Click to view the CCS Calculator
Our community run creche
Acknowledgment to the country
Brunswick Creche & Day Nursery respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of this land – the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, their spirits, ancestors, elders and community members past, present and emerging.