The New Childcare Package

From 2 July 2018, there will be a New Child Care Package, providing more support for more families.

So what does this mean for you? 

The package includes a new Child Care Subsidy, which replaces the current Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. The Child Care Subsidy will be paid directly to services.

There are also changes to the annual cap which will make child care more affordable for most families.

Three things will determine a family's level of Child Care Subsidy:

  1. Combined family income
  2. Activity level of parents
  3. Type of child care service

Some basic requirements must be satisfied for an individual to be eligible to receive Child Care Subsidy for a child. These include:

  • the age of the child (must be 13 or under and not attending secondary school)
  • the child meeting immunisation requirements
  • the individual, or their partner, meeting the residency requirements.

The Child Care Safety Net

The package includes a $1.2 billion Safety Net to give the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including those from regional and remote communities, a strong start through access to quality early learning and child care.

Next steps

The current arrangements don't change until 2 July 2018. More information about what families need to do to prepare for the change will be available in early 2018.

What do I need to do?

Families should start thinking about how the changes may affect them.

Families currently using child care will be contacted in early 2018 with more details about the changes.

Child Care Subsidy

The Child Care Subsidy is the new way the Government will assist families with their child care fees.

Estimating Child Care Subsidy

Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator is available to make it easy for families to get an idea of what their new subsidy might be under the New Child Care Package.

The estimator is user-friendly and only takes a few minutes to fill out.

Child Care Safety Net

The Child Care Safety Net will give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work.

Resources

A range of information resources are available to assist families in understanding the details of the new package.

You can also contact Lisa here at Nestle In, who would be happy to guide you through the changes and help you with any questions you have about Daycare at Nestle In or Possum Place.

*Information and links sourced from the Australian Government Department of Education & Training Website.

Healthy Meals at Nestle In

Many Childcare Centres serve children unhealthy treats and junk foods. “Healthy food is such an important, integral part of any childcare service,” said Lisa Martin, Director of the Nestle In and Possum Place Centres in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

“An Australian study of 1000 childcare workers found that staff let down children by routinely serving foods such as baked treats, processed meats and sausages, despite research showing the childcare setting influenced children’s long-term eating habits,” said Lisa. Dietary guidelines recommend a child aged two to three years should be restricted to zero to one discretionary foods a day.

That’s why at Nestle In, they have updated their kitchen, and employed a professional chef who is focused on health, nutrition and great taste too. 

“Our chef is on hand every day to prepare the meals that are organically sourced where possible, always fresh, and really take on board the nutritional needs of the children,” said Lisa. “Our menu follows the Nutritional Guidelines for Long Daycare Centres and is supported by the NSW Munch n Move program. Our Chef meets with children and families to include any special dietary requirements of the children, as well as any cultural, religious or medical requirements.”

Lisa said centre educators allowed “sometimes” foods, such as cake, for birthdays.

“These treats are only for special occasions otherwise we cater for good-old fashioned simple, healthy food,” she said.

“We are not vegan or paleo, the children just eat like our grandparents used to eat — real core food from the food groups that children need, and enjoy.”

“We strive to include hidden as well as visible vegetables, and our menus are offered on a four-weekly rotation to ensure that our commitment to variety is upheld.”