Great news for those parents that have been unsure about keeping your kids in daycare. Prime Minister has just announced that free childcare will come into place from next week.
Mr Morrison has said that as long as childcare centres remain open, they will receive 50 per cent of their fee revenue. Parents will not be charged any fees at all.
“Relief is on its way for around a million Australian families and thousands of early learning educators and carers,” Mr Morrison said.
“Child care and early childhood education is critical, particularly for those Australians who rely on it so they can go to work every day,” Mr Morrison said.
“Critical areas are not just the obvious ones — it is not just the doctors or the nurses who are at the hospitals, it is the cleaners at the hospitals as well.
“It is the people driving trucks to get food out to supermarkets and ensure the supplies continue.
“If you have a job in this economy then that is an essential job, in my view, in terms of the running of the economy and it is important that all of those parents who have children, that they get access to child care and those facilities will be there for them in the many months ahead.”
Keep Childcare Centres Open
Childcare centres will only be earning half of what they usually make but this is better than the alternative of losing thousands of kids as parents rush to remove their kids from care.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said that this new childcare system will start from this Sunday night.
“It will be a system which will mean parents will get their children cared for free,” emphasised Mr Tehan.
Mr Tehans says the childcare policy will be in place for at least six months, with a one-month review.
This relief is available for all parents, whatever their job is.
Mr Tehan did say that children of essential workers, such as nurses and doctors, will be prioritised, should spaces fill up.
This payment will be paid instead of Child Care (CCS) and Additional Child Care Subsidy payments.
The scheme will cost the nation around $1.6 billion and will benefit around 1 million families.
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