Becoming new Parents and Childcare
Congratulations! Here are a few things to consider when thinking about child care:
> It’s a good idea to start looking for child care early, as many facilities have waiting lists.
> Enrolments usually commence at the beginning of the year. It can be very difficult to get your child into a Centre part way through the year so you need to consider this around your Parental Leave.
> The Australian Government will be offering a Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from 1 July to help with the cost of approved child care. This replaces the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.
Here is a great link packed with useful information on where to start
www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au – child-care
Priority of Access
As the major portion of our funding comes from the Federal Department of Family and Community Services we are bound to their guidelines on priority of enrolments.
We are required to fill available places using a priority system.
The priority of access stipulates that there must be evidence of priority. This means that workforce participants must produce evidence of their employment.
Studying parents must provide study hours, while parents looking for work must provide evidence of registration with an employment agency and active involvement in obtaining work.
We are very proud to carry the rating of ‘Exceeding National Quality Standards’ in 4 of these quality areas with an overall rating of Exceeding National Quality Standards.
Children at risk of serious abuse or neglect. This includes children in Foster Care.
Workforce participants – where a single parent or both parents are either employed, are seeking employment or studying/training for future employment.
Special consideration will be given to those families within each group who have a child or parent with a continuing disability or incapacity, whose CCB percentage is 100%, who are from an indigenous or Non-English speaking background, single parents and children in socially isolated families. Siblings of children already enrolled will also be given priority for a position.