Our Fees, Child Care Subsidy and Session Hours

Fees, Subsidies and Session Hours Southport

We understand that each family has different circumstances.

When it comes to sending your child to day care many parents may feel limited with what options are readily available. At My Cubby House Early Learning, we provide a range of options so you can find something that will suit your families lifestyle. You may also be eligible for the Government Child Care Subsidy to make your child’s care more affordable.

Our Fees

Our centre fees are as follows (effective 2 July 2018):

Nursery (0-15m)Toddlers (15-24m)Junior Kindy (2-3yrs)Senior Kindy (3-4yrs)Pre-Prep (4+yrs)
Daily Fee 1-4 days$101$101$96$96$96
Weekly$479.75$479.75$456$456$456
Enrolment Fee$50$50$50$50$50

Inclusions

  • Fresh, Nutritious Meals – Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea
  • Nappies (0-2yrs) and wipes
  • Extra-Curricular Programs (where age-appropriate)
  • Government-Approved Kindergarten Program run by qualified ECT (Pre-Prep)

Please note our centre’s preferred method of fee payment is via direct debit from a bank account or credit card. An alternative method will only be offered in special circumstances.

Fees must be maintained two weeks in advance.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

As of 2 July 2018, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) replaced Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) as the sole means-tested subsidy available to assist families with the cost of child care.

The amount of Child Care Subsidy you are eligible for is based on three factors:

1. How many hours of ‘work-related’ activity you and your partner undertake each fortnight. If a couple, the number of subsidised hours will be based on the partner with the lowest hours of activity.

Hours of activity per fortnightMaximum number of hours of subsidy per fortnight
Less than 8 hours0 hours
8 to 16 hours36 hours
More than 16 to 48 hours72 hours
More than 48 hours100 hours

2. Your combined family income

Combined Family IncomeSubsidy received as a % of fee charged (up to hourly rate cap)
$0 to $66,95885%
Above $66,958 to below $171,958Decreasing to 50%*
$171,958 to below $251,24850%
$251,248 to below $341,248Decreasing to 20%*
$341,248 to below $351,24820%
$351,248 or more0%

*Subsidy decreases by 1% for every $3,000 of income

3. The hourly rate cap based on the type of approved child care you use.

Hours of activity per fortnightMaximum number of hours of subsidy per fortnight
Centre Based Day Care – long day care and occasional care$11.77
Family Day Care$10.90
Outside School Hours Care$10.29
In Home Care (per family)$25.48 (per family)

As a long day care service, the hourly rate cap for My Cubby House Early Learning is $11.77.

Further information about the Child Care Subsidy including what constitutes work-related activity can be found on the Department of Human Services website.

You can get an estimate of what your family may be entitled to by entering your details into the Department of Human Services Payment and Service Finder.

If you know your hours of activity per fortnight and combined family income, the CCS Calculator is a useful tool to calculate your out-of-pocket expenses based on the number of days and hours your child will attend our centre and the daily rate for their age group.

Session Hours

To assist families with making the most out of their CCS entitlement, My Cubby House Early Learning has introduced additional sessions of 6-hour and 10-hour duration. Our ten-hour session is designed to help families working five days a week with 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight. This will allow families to receive a subsidy for all hours in the fortnight, where a 12-hour session would mean no subsidy for 20 hours of the fortnight. Our new session hours are as follows:

Full Day (Twelve-Hour)Ten-Hour6-Hour
Days/Hours AvailableMonday to Friday – no conditions or restrictions.5-day bookings only. Flexible attendance – any ten-hour period within centre opening hours. Mondays and Fridays only. 9am-3pm or 10am-4pm.
Session FeeFull-fee – $101 or $96Full-fee – $101 or $96Reduced Fee – $75
Grace PeriodNot applicable30 minutes overall30 minutes overall
Late Fees and PenaltiesOnly applicable outside of centre hours. Existing fees apply. Session will be increased to 12 hours if repeatedly exceeding ten hours. Session hours will be increased, and full-fee charged.

If you need some more guidance or would just prefer to speak to us directly about how the CCS changes will affect your family, please don’t hesitate to come into our centre or call us on 5527 1679. Our director, Catherine, and her friendly team are more than happy to assist with identifying the best option for your family’s specific circumstances.