Q. How much does it cost to send my child to Isle of Capri Early Learning centre?
Daily fees for individual families varies depending on how many days your child is in care,
and what room they are in. You may also be eligible for government subsidies that will
make a difference to your fees. Talk to Renee the Centre Director for a quote.
Q. What happens if my scheduled day falls on a public holiday?
Like most early learning centres, Isle of Capri Early Learning closes for public holidays. If
your scheduled day falls on a public holiday, we still need to charge to cover staff costs.
This is a sector-standard practice. Early learning professionals are entitled to be paid on
public holidays as in other industries. The Australian Government’s Child Care Benefit
(CCB) covers up to 42 absence days a year, which includes public holidays. So unless you
exceed the 42 absent days, you will be eligible for the CCB discount on public holidays.
Q. Do I still need to pay for a scheduled day if my child is sick?
Yes, unfortunately we need to charge for sick days to cover operating costs. This is
standard practice across the industry. The Child Care Benefit will cover up to 42 absence
days a year with no documentation and unlimited sick days if you’re able to provide a
medical certificate or similar.
Q. What happens when we go on holidays?
The centre requires two weeks notice in writing to pay only 50 per cent of your fees while
you’re away. This fee is payable in order to maintain your child’s place in the centre and
is standard industry practice. The Child Care Benefit covers up to 42 unspecified absence
days a year, so unless you exceed this, you’ll be eligible for CCB on family holidays.
Q. What government rebates and benefits are available to families?
There are two main subsidies offered by the Australian Government for which you may be
eligible. These are the Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Child Care Benefit (CCB). Just
speak to Centrelink to find out if you are eligible for either of these subsidies and to what
Q. What is the Child Care Benefit (CCB)?
The CCB is a payment provided by the Australian Government that covers 24-50 hours of
childcare per week. Eligible parents or guardians must:
• Meet Australian residency requirements
• Be enrolled/enrolling in an approved early learning centre
• Meet child immunisation conditions.
The amount of CCB you receive varies depending on your income, type of care, amount of
care, number of children in care, and whether or not you pass the work, training and study
test. This last test is about whether you (or your partner) use childcare due to a work or
study commitment. If you do, you could be eligible for higher CCB payments.
Q. What is the Child Care Rebate (CCR)?
The CCR is an assistance program designed to help working families with the cost
of childcare. The rebate covers 50 per cent of out-of-pocket expenses not covered
by the CCB (up to $7,500 per year per child). In other words, it will help to bridge
the gap between your total weekly fees and the amount CCB covers. You can
choose to have the rebate paid directly to your child’s centre on a fortnightly basis,
reducing your fortnightly fees. Or you can choose to have the rebate paid as a lump
sum quarterly into your bank account. If you have a child in an approved centre, are
eligible for the CCB, and have passed the work, training, and study requirements,
you’ll be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. There is no means test for the rebate.