At Garfield preschool and Oosh the fees are charged on a daily basis and include charges for public holiday. Since the fee level calculation is based on averages, fee must be paid even if the child is away sick, on holidays, or if your child is excluded due to non-immunisation
Childcare Fee Assistance:
The Australian Government provides financial assistance to eligible parents with two types of financial assistance to help cover the out-of-pocket costs of approved child care Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate
Child Care Benefit:
The Child Care Benefit is a payment from the Government that helps you with the cost of child care. It is income tested; the amount you receive depends on your family income. The benefit can be paid to the child care provider to reduce the fees that you pay or paid to you directly. Further information on the Child Care Benefit can be found on the Australian Government website. You can apply for the Child Care Benefit online through Centrelink
Child Care Rebate:
For families that exceed the income thresholds for the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.
You can get back a significant percentage of your child care expenses. The Child Care Rebate is not income tested, higher income earners may still be eligible for the Child Care Rebate.
The most up to date information about rates and eligibility can be found on the Australian Government Rebate page.
On enrollment parents will be required to pay a bond which will be four weeks of the normal fees payable. This bond will be carried over onto your child’s fees when 2 weeks’ notice is given for withdrawal from the centre or it will be reimbursed where required.
Should a change of circumstances occur after the enrollment procedure has been completed, and the position is no longer required, the centre will retain the bond.
Children should attend the centre for at least 4 weeks before your bond will be returned. Your position at the centre will not be secure until a bond has been received.