Upon enrolment of your child, parents are responsible for contacting the Family Assistance Office (Phone No. 136 150) to be issued with a Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) for both you and your child. You will then need to provide these CRN numbers to Balmain Care for Kids (there is a space for these on your enrolment form if you already have the numbers).
When applying for CCS, you will need to provide the Family Assistance Office with the name of the centre. From 1st July 2018, the government introduced a new Child Care Subsidy which is a means-tested benefit and will be based on your family income.
Once you have applied for CCS, a letter/ email will be sent to you that will state the percentage of Child Care Benefit that you are eligible for.
CCS is based on a Government approved hourly fee not on our centre fee. Therefore, it can be complicated to work out what your reduced fee will be. 100% Childcare Subsidy does not mean you do not pay at all. Our Child Care Management System (CCMS) links directly to the Family Assistance DEEWR system. Through weekly updates, DEEWR will automatically apply your allowable percentage directly into our fee system and reduce your fee accordingly.
Parents who also receive CCS have a responsibility to report changes to the Family Assistance Office. It is the parent’s responsibility to provide the centre with CRN numbers to receive CCS. In order to receive all rebates you must sign in your child’s attendance records daily to show when your child starts care (‘time in’) and finishes care (‘time out’). This is done electronically via our KIOSK fee system.