Will my child be prepared enough to take up the school after joining Little Einstein?
We deliver a school readiness program to ease your child’s transition to school, ensuring they have a positive start. The activities we plan for children, the way we organise the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily routine, and talk with the children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
I am able to visit the centre before enrolling my child ?
Yes Families are welcome to visit the centre before enrolling a child. It is best to contact the centre before coming in to arrange a time to come into the centre for a tour, where our Centre Manager will show you around our facilities and you can meet our team. We will provide you with an application form and will be happy to guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have
How much notice do I need to give for terminating my child’s enrolment or dropping day?
If you wish to drop any days or cancel your child’s enrolment, you must notify Little Einstein’s Academy in writing with no less than 3 weeks’ notice prior to the child’s last day. If the required 3 weeks’ notice is not given, payment of 3 week’s fee is required.
The centre is closed on public holidays if they day falls on a day my child attends do I still need to pay for the day?
Fees are still to be paid for every day your child is enrolled, including all public holidays and when your child is sick/excluded or on holidays.
What is the Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
Child Care Subsidy
From 2 July 2018, the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system has come into effect. It will:
• replace the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) with a single, means tested subsidy
• be paid directly to service providers to be passed on to families
• be simpler than the current multi-payment system
• be better targeted and provide more assistance to low and middle income families.
Combined family income Subsidy per cent of the actual fee charged (up to relevant percentage of the hourly rate cap)
Up to $66,958^ 85 per cent
More than $66,958^ to below $171,958^ Decreasing to 50 per cent*
$171,958^ to below $251,248^ 50 per cent
$251,248^ to below $341,248^ Decreasing to 20 per cent*
$341,248^ to below $351,248^ 20 per cent
$351,248^ or more 0 per cent
*Subsidy gradually decreases by 1 per cent for each $3000 of family income.
The new caps
The current cap of $7,500 per child has been updated depending on your family’s combined income.
Families earning less than $186,958 = no cap
Families earning $186,958 to $351,248 = $10,190 cap
Families earning over $351,248 are not eligible for CCS
Note: the government will be holding back 5% of CCS paid to families until reconciliation at the end of every financial year. This balance will be paid back to families in their tax return if they are eligible.
Activity level of parents
The number of hours of subsidised care families can access, will be determined by an activity test. The higher the level of activity, the more hours of subsidised care families can access, up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight.
• paid work – including leave, such as maternity leave
• study and training
• unpaid work in family business
• looking for work
• other activities on a case‑by‑case basis.
There will be exemptions for parents who legitimately cannot meet the activity test requirements, as well as to support children’s participation in preschool.
Hours of Activity
The parent or guardian with the lowest hours of activity per fortnight will determine the hours of subsidised care. The hours of subsidy are per child.
Family entitlement to the Child Care Subsidy will be determined by a three-step activity test, more closely aligning the hours of subsidised care with the combined hours of work, training, study or other recognised activity undertaken, and providing for up to 100 hours of subsidy per fortnight.
Step Hours of activity (per fortnight) Maximum number of hours of subsidy (per fortnight)
1 8 hours to 16 hours 36 hours
2 More than 16 hours to 48 hours 72 hours
3 More than 48 hours 100 hours
A broad range of activities will meet the activity test requirements including: paid work; being self employed; doing unpaid work in a family business; looking for work; volunteering or studying. There will be exemptions to the activity test for parents who legitimately cannot meet the activity requirements.
Low income families on $66,958^ or less a year who do not meet the activity test will be able to access 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight without having to meet the activity test, as part of the Child Care Safety Net.
Additional Childcare Subsidy
Included in the Child Care Safety Net is an Additional Child Care Subsidy. It will, in most cases, cover all of a child’s fees.
It is designed to support:
• families who require practical help to support their children’s safety and wellbeing
• grandparents who are primary carers
• families experiencing temporary financial hardship
• families transitioning from income support to work.
The Additional Child Care Subsidy replaces a number of existing payments including the Special Child Care Benefit and the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance
Am I entitled to receive Child care Subsidy (CCS)
Little Einstein’s Academy is an approved child care service, which means that all families at our center are eligible to apply for the (CCS) through the Family Assistance Office (FAO) centrelink.
Transitioning to the new Child Care Subsidy is not an automatic roll over from the two current payments.
You must provide some new information and confirm your current details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
You will be asked to provide:
• your combined family income estimate for the upcoming financial year
• the hours of recognised activity including work, training, study and volunteering
• the type of child care your family uses.
For more information on this process, visit education.gov.au/childcare
What items do I need to bring each day?
The centre director will provide you with a detailed list upon enrolment.
As a minimum, the following will be required:
- Sun-safe centre hat (broad brimmed or legionnaire style)
- Change of clothes and underwear – at least 2 sets.
- Rest-time comfort item (if required)
- Dummy in a sealed, named container (if required)
- Sleeping sheet and blanket.
- Bottles, formula or expressed milk (if required)
- Nappies and cream (if required)
- Water bottle with a lid or a sipper cup.
What happens after I submit a waiting list form?
After you have submitted your enquiry form, we will:
- Contact you
- Discuss your child’s needs
- If no places are available we will then add you to the centre’s waitlist. These waitlists are regularly reviewed and families are contacted once a place becomes available.
What meals are served at the centre?
At little Einstein, you need to worry the least about the meals as all the food items served in the centre are nutritious and delicious. Our Cook is experienced and trained who maintains hygiene and cleanliness and is every day in the kitchen to serve children with nutritious healthy food
We provide several meals per day. Meals include:
- Morning tea
- Afternoon tea,
- Late afternoon tea.
All the meals are prepared on-site. Parents are always welcomed to send home-cooked food with their child if they wish to.
What are the operating hours?
We open from 7.30am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 50 weeks a Year. We’re not open on weekends or public holidays.
What ages does Little Einstein’s Academy cater for?
We are a long day care which caters for children aged 2 to 6 years. Our rooms cater for each aged group. The top level is catered for our children ages 2-3 years which includes their own outdoor play area. The bottom level is for children 3-6years which also includes their own outdoor play area.
Is there a minimum number of days to enrol my child?
The minimum enrolment at Little Einsteins Academy is 2 days. Anything less can be too upsetting for your child as they cannot build a relationship with their teachers and their new friends. It can also be quite challenging for our teachers to plan a program for your child if they are only attending one day a week.
We also require all enrolments to include a Monday or a Friday.
These days must be selected from the following Blocks:
Block A: Monday Tuesday (2 days) Monday Tuesday Wednesday (3 days)
Block B: Thursday Friday (2 days) Wednesday Thursday Friday (3 days)
Block C: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday (4 days)
How are my fees paid at the centre?
Our fees are charged each fortnight by Direct Debit. We supply you with our direct debit form. You can choose to pay your fees via credit card or direct debit. You can also change your direct debit details at any time but speak with our Director.