Answers to the most commonly asked questions.
What is Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
Child Care Subsidy (otherwise known as CCS) is a government fee assistance program to help families with the costs of child care. The CCS program has come into effect for all approved child care services from 2 July 2018. The subsidy is paid after the care has been provided and your child’s session report has been sent through by the child care provider.
Lilypad Early Learning centre is an approved child care service provider, so we’re more than happy to answer questions if our families require assistance.
How Does Child Care Subsidy Work?
The single-payment Child Care Subsidy is designed to be simpler to navigate than the previous multi-payment systems, and will be paid directly to the family’s child care provider. It is then the family’s responsible to cover the difference left over. We can help our families through the process of setting up CCS.
If you’d like to book a tour or enrol, click here.
How Does this Differ from Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) is no longer available as it has been combined with the new Child Care Subsidy program, effective from 2 July 2018. The means-tested Child Care Subsidy is better targeted and provides more assistance to low and middle income families.
What is an Approved Child Care Centre?
Approved child care providers are those that have been approved by the Australian Government for CCS purposes for meeting certain standards and requirements. Services must also meet the new quality standards set out under the National Quality Framework (NQF).
Examples of child care services that could be approved include:
- Long day care
- Family day care
- After school care
- Vacation care
- In-home care
- Occasional care
In our case, Lilypad is an approved “long day” child care provider which is eligible for Child Care Subsidy (CCS).
Who is Eligible for Child Care Subsidy?
To receive Child Care Subsidy payments, families must be assessed by Centrelink. The full list of criteria are available via the link below. To receive Child Care Subsidy payments, families must be assessed by Centrelink. Learn more.
How Much will I Receive From Child Care Subsidy?
The amount received will be dependent on a factors such as the combined annual family income, an activity test, and the type of child care service type required. Learn more.
How Do I Apply for Child Care Subsidy?
Whether you’re a new family or already enrolled, all families must be assessed in order to claim their Child Care Subsidy. Learn more.
What About Families in Special Circumstances?
The Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) replaces the Special Child Care Benefit (SCCB), the Grandparent Child Care Benefit (GCCB) and the Jobs Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance (JETCCFAA). Learn more.
To learn more about Child Care Subsidy, have a look at the following links:
- Department of Human Services: Child Care Subsidy
- Department of Education & Training: Child Care Subsidy
- Department of Education & Training: New Child Care Package Overview
The above are official government websites.
Any Other Questions?
If you have a question that isn’t included in our FAQ, the best thing to do is to organise a free guided centre tour with us.
How Do We Get Started?
The best way to see if Lilypad is the right child care centre for you is to come in and have a look for yourself. To organise this, click here to book your free guided tour of the centre.
We’ll show you around the centre, introduce you to your future educators and help you understand our daily routines that your child will experience. This is also a great time to meet the Centre Director and ask questions you might have.
- 1. What is Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
- 2. How Does Child Care Subsidy Work?
- 3. How Does this Differ from Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
- 4. What is an Approved Child Care Centre?
- 5. Who is Eligible for Child Care Subsidy?
- 6. How Much will I Receive From Child Care Subsidy?
- 7. How Do I Apply for Child Care Subsidy?
- 8. What About Families in Special Circumstances?
- 9. Further Reading
- 10. Any Other Questions?
- 11. How Do We Get Started?
- 12. Have Any Questions?
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Have Any Questions?
If you have any questions or would like to see the centre, we recommend that you schedule a free guided tour.
Simply fill out the form and we’ll be touch as soon as possible. You’ll be shown around the centre, have all your questions answered, and have the chance to meet our educators. We’ll then guide you through the enrolment process, provide advice on applying for Child Care Subsidy (CCS), and anything else you might need.
We look forward to hearing from you!