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I'm about to put my 11 month year old into childcare for 1 day a week soon so i can get my study done! Ive rung around 2 centres and they have both told me a different daily rate.
Any tips/advice from anyone on this?
Each Child care centre charges their own rates (ABC are more expensive than all the others in my area). The 100% bit means that you pay the difference between the govt. subsidy and what the childcare centre actually charges (sort of like doctors gaps).
One thing to keep in mind with ABC is they generally move children out of the babies room at 18m rather than at 2yrs like other centres. I've also had an ABC director tell me that babies are too little/young for arts and crafts etc. so they don't do them. (this was a centre in the Canningvale area).
Go in and take ur bub with you and stay there for a while to see how they run things before you enrol them.
My kids are much happier at a smaller based daycare than they ever were at ABC. They said the same thing at the ABC my kids went to about the babies being too young for arts and crafts.
i used to be a worker for an abc centre and although i cant slander them due to the fact i dont need a court case i can say i recomend u find a privatly owned centre or a community based centre the rates may be higher but least u know the money is going to resources for the children and not to the coperate company to build more centres. i donnot recommend abc for personal prefrences.
You might also want to check out family day care. Contact your council or the National Childcare Accreditation Council website to find out who runs the scheme in your area.
Family day care schemes are run under similar rules and legislation as day care centres, but consist of individual carers in their own homes who are all supervised under a local scheme. Carers have police clearance, access to training and support, random inspections, etc. Child ratios are typically 4:1.
Where about r u?? NOR or SOR??? The Child Care centre that i have Amity in is FANTASTIC!! :smiliedance: Let me know where u are and i will PM u their details if u like!
I would strongly advise you do check out all avenues before going to an ABC centre.
Each centre sets there own daily rate - but the government pay the same amount ,your at 100% so u claim a max of $2.88 (not exact) per hour for up to the max u can claim for in a week (see below)!! - so the difference your talking about is the difference between daily fee charged and government subsidy (Gap fee, like medicare)- The only other difference is wether your claiming 20 or 50 hours per week, which makes a huge difference in fees, but not for only one day!!
You will notice a difference if you increase to 2 days, the centre is open for 11 hours a day and you only get 20 hours per week of CCB, then 2 of those hours each week don't include childcare benefit ( THATS WHY THE 2ND DAY FOR 20 HR CLIENTS IS MORE EXPENSIVE NORMALLY) The same is true for 50 hour clients the 5th day becomes hugely expensive, because the additional 5 hours the centre is open cannot be claimed by 50 hr a week parents, so it's at full rate, charged on the 5th day!!
Hope i haven't confused u further!!!
Heaps of threads about finding quality childcare - just go searching, can't write it all again!!!
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