Council is following the advice of the State and Federal government during this evolving crisis.
The Prime Minister announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package (the Package) will ensure families receive free child care during the coronavirus pandemic. The Package will help the education and care sector to remain viable until the crisis is over.
From Monday 6 April 2020, parents will have zero cost child care. The government will review this in one month. The Package is applied to Long Day Care services, Family Day Care, and Out of School Hours Care.
Parents are encouraged to stay enrolled, or to re-enrol if you have withdrawn your child from care, with your child’s service so that you are able to keep your CCS eligibility and your place once the Package ends.
Under the Package, all education and care services are required to prioritise care to essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children and previously enrolled children.
Full details of the Package and how services are to manage the new funding arrangements are yet to be released. Updated information will be emailed to all families when the Government provides the finalised details.
Please be assured that Council’s services are remaining open and are practising safe procedures. Your children and our staff are being fully supported during this time.
For up to date information please check the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.