Why you should keep your child in care during COVID
“Participation in a quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program provides positive developmental opportunities for children and helps prepare them for formal schooling. While your child is in ECEC they continue to benefit from play-based learning and develop language, communication and social skills through interacting with their peers.”
Australian Government, Department of Education, Skills and Employment
There are many benefits in keeping your child enrolled in childcare during COVID:
- You can continue to participate in work, study and other activities, including looking for work.
- Your child will continue to benefit from the social, emotional and academic benefits in a formal childcare setting.
- Your child and family will find comfort in maintaining their usual routine.
- Maintaining your child’s enrolment means you won’t have to find an available place again post-COVID-19. Places may be hard to find in some areas depending on the demand for childcare.
- There is no financial benefit to removing your child from care. Under the Child Care Subsidy (CCS), families are allowed 42 absence days per child, per financial year. These can be taken for any reason without the need for families to provide documentation. For example, a child who usually attends 3 days per week can access 14 weeks of absences before additional absences are needed. Where a child has used all of their 42 absence days, and they cannot attend because of COVID-19 related reasons, additional absence days can be used without the requirement to provide medical evidence. You can calculate your estimated CCS using our simple calculator.
- And, there is additional support for families in Victoria. This includes an additional 30 allowable absence days, and the waiving of families’ out-of-pocket fees where a child is not attending due to COVID-19, and an absence is recorded. The full list of support for Victorian families can be found here.