It can be hard to know what to expect when you’re first enrolling your child in childcare. We have made it easier for you with useful information on what to bring to day care, health and wellbeing considerations and benefits you may be entitled to.
What to bring to day care
For the comfort of your child, please remember to bring the following items:
- A change of clothes including underwear, in case child needs changing;
- Sufficient nappies, we recommend 4 or more a day;
- A drink bottle;
- Some food;
- A hat for outside play;
- Appropriate footwear, closed shoes are highly recommended, and appropriate clothing according to weather conditions.
Health and wellbeing considerations
We require all available information about your child’s health for their safety and wellbeing, and that of other children within our care.
Immunisation is a key way of minimising the spread of many infectious diseases among children. Children in child care may be at a higher risk of exposure to contagious diseases or conditions due to contact with more children and adults than they would at home. If your child is not immunised and they contract an infection they will be excluded from our care to minimise the spread. Your child will be accepted back into the Centre upon provision of a clearance certificate from a medical practitioner.
If your child has a diagnosed allergy which requires an Epi pen, please supply the Epi pen and Allergy Action Plan signed by a medical practitioner. Please also supply any other medication outlines by your medical practitioner to manage allergies.
Child Care Subsidy
Families may be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy from our registered child care.
The Benefit is a type of financial assistance provided by the Australian Government that is available to help cover the costs of your child care. You can choose to pay directly to Communicare to reduce the fees that you pay for our services.
The Child Care Benefit is based on family income testing; to be eligible you must meet residency and immunisation requirements and be the person responsible for paying the child care fees. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to complete and lodge their Benefit application with the Family Assistance Office (FAO), and to let Communicare Administration know if they have children attending another childcare.
For more information on applying for the Child Care Benefit, go to the Department of Human Services website or telephone 13 61 50.
Child Care Rebate
The Child Care Rebate is an additional payment from the Australian Government that helps families cover any out-of-pocket expenses that may be incurred through our child care services. The Rebate is not income tested and covers up to 50 per cent of costs, up to $7,500 annually for each child.
This rebate can only be actioned once you have applied for the Child Care Benefit; there is no separate claim.
For more information on the Child Care Rebate and eligibility, go to the Department of Human Services website or telephone 13 61 50.