If you are the owner or Director of a CSS funded service (LDC, FDC, Occasional Care, OOSH)
The federal government has agreed to allow CCS funded services to waive gap fees from Monday 19th July when children are absent from childcare.
The changes apply to services in the lockdown areas of Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour (Bayside, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Burwood, Camden, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Central Coast, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Hawkesbury, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Northern Beaches, Parramatta, Penrith, Randwick, Ryde, Shellharbour, Strathfield, Sutherland Shire, Sydney, The Hills Shire, Waverley, Willoughby, Wollondilly, Wollongong and Woollahra).
This enables families to remain attached to their childcare service and for services to continue to receive the CCS. However, this creates significant operational challenges.
What you need to consider if waiving the gap fee:
- Services may decide to reduce staff hours. Staff can then apply for COVID-19 Disaster Payments through Service NSW www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/covid-19-disaster-payment
- Services experiencing a 30 per cent downturn compared to a comparable fortnight in June/July 2019 can apply for COVID-19 Business Support www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-19-business-support-2021.
- For some services, accessing pools of funding may not cover wages and other operational costs that would otherwise be funded through fee income. Please contact CELA to discuss your particular circumstances so as we can advocate specifically about your needs by emailing the CELA CEO Michele Carnegie.
Given the current workforce crisis in early education, it is vital that services retain staff, so that teams are able to deliver quality education after the lockdown.
We recognise that services are already under immense pressure operating an essential service which enables families to work and the added pressure of navigating business funding is an unacceptable additional pressure. CELA continues to advocate for further support for CCS funded services who are significantly impacted by the lockdown.
Some preschool members are worried about charging families for a child’s third day of preschool if they are unable to attend. Please call CELA to discuss your specific circumstances – our Early Education Specialists are ready to support you in working through a solution that considers the viability needs of your services and your community.
Financial supports for all education and care service experiencing a 30 per cent decline in turnover
If your service is experiencing a 30 per cent or greater decline in turnover from the same period in 2019, you may be eligible for Commonwealth and NSW funded government assistance. Find out about the supports available at Service NSW.