The Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia's children. We work on behalf of long day care owners and operators to ensure families and their children have an opportunity to access early childhood education and care (ECEC) throughout Australia.

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Exemption to activity test for children attending a preschool program

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We are receiving quite a few queries from early learning service providers on behalf of their families, in relation to the 36 hours of subsidised care for children attending a preschool program at a centre based day care service.

Under the new Child Care Subsidy, as stated in the Minister's Rules, families that pass the income test are entitled to "36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight if the child attends a kindergarten or preschool program at a centre-based day care in the year that is two years before grade one of school".  

Read more: Exemption to activity test for children attending a preschool program

FAMILIES: Here's how to find your Child Care Subsidy Assessment Letter

If your family has already completed their Child Care Subsidy assessment, the person who has logged into MyGov and completed it on behalf of their family will be sent a notice of the outcome once Centrelink has finalised the assessment or claim.
If the family member has elected to receive their updates online, the letter will be sent to their MyGov inbox telling them if they are eligible and if so, informing them of the level of child care fee assistance they will receive.

30% of providers aren’t ready for 2 July 2018 – are you one of them?

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The Department of Education and Training (DET) has recently sent out an email to remind service providers that today (May 31st) is the deadline to submit the online Transition Form.  

All providers, or their legal representatives, have been asked to complete the online transition form for all of their services by the end of May. If you haven't yet done this, now is the time to log onto the new Child Care Subsidy System (CCSS) immediately to complete and submit your online Transition Form.