Schedule of Fees
Preschool (6 hr session) – Maximum 2 days per week/per child
9:00am to 3:00pm
- Equity (health care card/Aboriginal) – $10.00
- Non-equity – 3 year old – $22.00
- Non-equity – 4 year old – $15.00
Long Day Care (8 hr session)
8:00am to 4:00pm
- 3-6 year olds – $70.00*
Long Day Care (11 hr session)
7:00am to 6:00pm
- 3-6 year olds – $95.00*
*daily fee will be reduced if families are eligible for Child Care Subsidy
The majority of families in our services would not pay the full daily fee because they receive Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the government.
- Special Events: Families will be notified, these may be for events such as incursions at the services
- Dishonour Fee: If direct debit is declined, families will be notified by SCECS that a family deposit may be debited and bank fees charged.
Late Fee For Pick-Ups After 6.00pm
- 6.00 – 6.20 pm: $20.00
- Every 5 minutes after 6.20pm: $10.00
*Fees are subject to change, however, you will be notified in writing two weeks prior to any fee changes.
Initial Absence Days
Like most early childhood services and preschools, your child’s place is reserved when they are away so the day still needs to be paid for. Each financial year, the Family Assistance Office will pay your child’s CCS entitlements for the first 42 absence days. These absences can be for any reason, including public holidays, and the initial 42 days must be used before any additional absences can be claimed (please see below).
Additional Absence Days
You may receive CCS for absence days after the initial 42 days each financial year. For all absences beyond the first 42 absent days, CCS will only be paid if you are able to provide evidence to demonstrate the absence has occurred under permitted circumstances. There is no limit on these days, but you will be required to provide documentation to support the absence.
Exceptional Absence Days
You may receive CCS for an additional 20 exceptional absence days after the initial 42 absence days per financial year. These entitlements can be claimed without evidence if documentation is provided for 31 of the initial 42 absence days.
Public Holiday Fees
Our services are closed on public holidays, however fees still apply if any of your usual days of attendance fall on a public holiday. CCS will usually be paid for public holidays, unless your initial 42 absence days have already been used.
Normal fees apply for all absences (including Public Holidays) that fall on a usual day of attendance.
Withdrawal from Care
Families provide two week’s written notice to cancel your child’s booked attendance at our services. The two weeks’ advance payment we hold will be applied to your notice period. If your child does not attend their last usual days, full fees will apply. This means that CCS will not be applied.
Child Care Subsidy
All families are eligible to apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS). It is income tested and usually paid directly to the childcare services to reduce the fees that eligible families pay. Families can apply for the CCS online or in person through Centrelink. Once you have contacted Centrelink, you will need to provide the centre with your Parent and Child Customer Reference Number (CRN) to claim CCS.
Centrelink Office. Ph: 13 61 50.
Fees – Direct Debit
All fees are paid by Direct Debit. Fees are paid fortnightly in advance. Payments will be debited from the family’s nominated account, or as otherwise advised. Strict regulations are followed to ensure that this information is confidential. At the beginning of each term, a notice will be emailed to families, outlining the dates that the Direct Debit will be processed.
Please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account to cover your fortnightly childcare fees. If you have insufficient funds when your Direct Debit is due, please contact the Centre in writing by close of business on the Wednesday of the Direct Debit week. Direct Debit rejections incur a dishonour fee payable by the parent (see current Schedule of Fees above).
Need to change your payment details?
To update your nominated bank account or credit card details for direct debit payments, please send your updated details to the SCECS Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents are encouraged to discuss any difficulties they may have in paying fees with your SCECS Director. Applications for arrangements in the event of financial hardship should be made to SCECS in writing. If no previous arrangements have been made regarding late payment of fees, SCECS is entitled to terminate the child’s placement after giving one week’s written notice.
In the event that fees are late due to direct debits being declined because of insufficient funds, SCECS will send one reminder email. At the end of two weeks, the child’s placement will be ended and the family’s deposit debited.
In the event of reminder letters being issued more than twice in any 2 month period, SCECS reserves the right to terminate a placement without further reminders.
Invoice / Statements
Invoices/statements are emailed fortnightly