On 2 April, the Prime Minister made an announcement relating to Early Childhood Education and Care for in response to COVID-19.
As a result of this announcement:
Please contact our Childcare Accounts team if you have any questions about your bookings.
From 29 June 2020, normal fees and charges will apply and statements will be issued fortnightly. Two weeks’ notice is required for cancelling a routine booking or decreasing days. Further information about this will be sent to our Families via email.
Under the announcement, parents whose children are still enrolled in our services or who previously had children in our services will receive free access to childcare and outside school care (including holiday programs) from Monday 6 April.
This arrangement will run for three months. It will be reviewed by the Australian Government after one month, with consideration to whether it needs to be extended.
However, we note that the Government’s funding model has been built on several assumptions, including that our staff will be eligible for the Government’s JobKeeper payments. Like much of the community and caring sector, many of our staff are visa holders who are not currently eligible for JobKeeper payments.
With March seeing widespread cancellations of enrolments, many operators were facing financial distress before this announcement, including YWCA Canberra. We are unable to amend the gap payment for the current fortnight ending Friday 3 April 2020. Gap fees for this period still apply.
Yes. All early childhood education programs provided by YWCA Canberra are included for under the announcement.
Yes. If you withdrew your child from one of our services after 17 February, you can re-enrol on your previously booked days by emailing email@example.com. You will be eligible for this new arrangement.
If you would like to increase or change your existing booking, please email your booking request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are subject to availability.
Under the announcement, we are required to prioritise those parents who are still attending their workplace, at-risk children and parents working from home. Parents who are no longer working but who had previous bookings will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should send their enquiry in writing to email@example.com.
All existing enrolments for school holidays will go ahead as usual.
No. Any family currently undergoing mandatory COVID-19 quarantine or are waiting on test results for a suspected case of COVID-19 must continue to self-isolate and cannot return a child to our service. We are obliged to report anyone violating quarantine orders. Should you require further information on self-isolation and quarantine, visit the ACT Government’s COVID-19 information page.
Under the Prime Minister’s announcement, we are required to prioritise those parents who are still attending their workplace, at-risk children and parents working from home.
Our services are accepting new enrolments, although at the moment these places are limited. If you are new to our services and would like to discuss enrolment, please call 02 6185 2040 to discuss your family’s needs.