The federal government has confirmed that childcare will be free as part of the changes implemented to childcare funding in response to COVID-19. This means that parents can continue working, and Kids Cove Early Learning Centre can continue operating. This is not only a relief for working parents but those choosing to keep their children at home, allowing them to remain enrolled and not lose their spot for when this pandemic is over.
Keeping Kids Cove open has been positive for many families. Now more than ever we need to support working Australian families, and we are grateful that we are in a position to do so. We will continue with our early childhood education, and operate under our usual hours.
This means we will:
- Ensure families are not charged a fee, including an out of pocket or gap fee for sessions of care provided
- Remain open and provide sessions of care, unless closed on public health advice or advice by a State Regulatory Authority for COVID-19 health and safety reasons
- Continue to prioritise care to essential workers, vulnerable and disadvantaged children, and previously enrolled children
- Continue to record the attendance of children
What does this mean for your family?
It means we’ll ensure you are not charged any fees for our services and will continue to operate in compliance with the Australian Government of Health and the World Health Organization. You are not required to apply for a grant, or reimbursement, as our academy will be receiving the funding from the government directly.
How long will this last?
The government will continue to provide funding to Childcare up until the 30th of June 2020. A decision on the continuation of this funding should be made in the near future. We will continue to support our families, children, and educators by keeping them updated as we are provided with additional information.
Can I enroll my child at Kids Cove?
We will do our best to accommodate new families. You can contact us here to discuss enrollment: https://www.kidscove.com.au/about-us/contact/. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can also book a tour here: https://www.kidscove.com.au/book-a-tour/
This change has resulted in an increase in enrolments and requests for additional days of childcare, and we ask that you are transparent with us about your situation so we can address each family case-by-case. We will do our best for the families who need to increase their usual hours with us and appreciate your patience through this transition. We are prioritizing care to children of essential workers and children with existing enrolments as part of the conditions required.
We plan to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all of our families, and in order to continue doing so, we need you to do your part. Our number one priority is your safety and wellbeing. If your child or someone in your household is feeling unwell, please keep them at home in line with the national recommendation. We can assure you that we are following the same advice and have implemented additional measures to maintain a healthy and hygienic care centre.
If you have any questions about how this affects you, re-enrolment or cancellation, we ask you to speak to one of our team members here: https://www.kidscove.com.au/about-us/contact/
Stay safe and see you soon!