Child Weekly

On 30 March 2020, the Federal Government announced the introduction of the JobKeeper Payment package.

Early Childhood Services and OOSH Centers fear they may never recover from the coronavirus crisis as 4 out of 5 services are on the brink of collapse and both sectors told they have to wait for financial relief from the government with they are forced to shut down.

If you're running a Family Day Care service that needs to close or if you have to reduce your business activities due to Coronavirus you may be able to receive support from a variety of different sources. These include Coronavirus Supplement, Early Access To Superannuation, Mortgage and Loan Repayments and more.

Before parents lose government subsidies on childcare fees, young children are given an extra 20 days of absences, as part of the government's response to coronavirus.

With 1.3 million children in childcare and about 200,000 staff employed in the early childhood education and care sector, services throughout Australia will continue to remain open. The federal government's expert medical advice is for early childhood services to remain open and children to continue to attend childcare centres, except for those services directed by health authorities to close.

Some services are having difficulty ordering food and essential items from their usual food supplier. This could be mainly due to widespread public fear of the Coronavirus and the potential periods of isolation and lockdowns.

In South Granville, NSW, a 33-year-old man has been recently charged for allegedly claiming almost $100,000 in false childcare subsidy payments.

The following FAQ's were developed and responded to by Early Childhood Australia for all services currently opened. Questions answered include, if a child/parent has coronavirus what steps does a service have to take, what happens during forced closure, charging families who choose to keep child at home, how often should children be cleaning hands and more.

In Melbourne’s north-east, both parents of a child who attends a childcare centre tested positive to the coronavirus yet the childcare centre remains open.

If childcare centres shut down due to the coronavirus, parents will not have to pay childcare fees. Centres will not claim Child Care Subsidy and since child care isn't able to be offered to families, they must not be charged fees.

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