Flexible Care

Flexible Care in an Early Education Centre

We offer a selected number of Flexible Care positions on specific days in many of our 11 Early Education Centres located throughout the Sutherland Shire.

Parents and carers can access flexible, one-off days of care and education for children from age three to five years. Your child would be grouped with other preschool age children within our services.  

Flexible Care provides an inclusive, safe environment where children learn through structured and spontaneous play-based educational experiences.

You can read the profile of each of our Early Education Centre services here

Bookings

Bookings in advance are essential, and availability is subject to change.

To book available days, you must pre-register with our Customer Service team via the online form below.

Register for Flexible Care

Once registered, you are welcome to telephone Customer Service on 9710 0466 now or in the future to enquire about availability for the dates you require.

Each booking is for one full day of care. Our services open from 7am – 6:15pm. Each child must be registered through our online registration form prior to the first booking. Bookings are taken up to two weeks in advance for children who have been registered for care. Our Customer Service team will process your payment in full over the phone when your booking is taken. Claims for the Child Care Benefit/Child Care Rebate are applied in retrospect as credit to your account.

If this is the first time you have used Flexible Care, please complete the online registration by following the link on this page. You will need to attach your child’s Immunisation History Statement from Medicare and birth certificate to your registration.

What is provided?

  • All meals including breakfast, morning tea, cooked lunch, afternoon tea and late afternoon snack
  • Water and milk
  • Educational and preschool learning experiences
  • Linen for rest time, if relevant
  • Suncream

What to bring

Please provide a full change of clothing including socks and sun hat in a named bag. Include at least four disposable nappies if your child uses these. Sunscreen is provided at the service for you to apply to your child upon arrival. Educators will reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

Food and drink

All food and drink is supplied by the service. Please indicate any diagnosed allergies or intolerances on the registration form.

To protect children with life-threatening allergies, we ask that families do not bring any food or drink to the service.

Fees

We charge a flat daily fee for Flexible Care. The daily fee for care during the 2016/2017 financial year is $92.50 for children age 3-5 years, less any applicable Child Care Benefit (CCB) and/or Child Care Rebate. The Flexible Care fee is relevant to the child's age (e.g. birth-2 years $100, 2-3 years $94.50 less CCB/CCR). Please note Flexible Care is currently only available for children age 3-5 years. 

Here is a link to our Fee Schedule: 

2016-2017 Early Education Centre Fee Schedule

Government Assistance with fees

Our Flexible Care service takes place within our Early Education Centres. Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate are available for this service. The first full day of care is charged at the full rate while your CCB/CCR claim is processed. If eligible, the rebate/benefit will be applied to your account as credit for future bookings and all subsequent days will have the CCB/CCR rate applied.

Families can access www.mychild.gov.au to calculate their CCB eligibility.  Regardless of what percentage a family is entitled to, there will always be a gap fee payable.   

Families who find themselves in financial hardship may have access to temporary fee relief check - www.mychild.gov.au for details of eligibility criteria and search under “Special Child Care Benefit”.

Cancellation fee

All bookings are paid for in advance and are non-refundable. As such, there is no cancellation fee.

Late fee

A late fee will be charged if your child is collected from the Early Education Centre after 6:15pm.

Terms and conditions

Flexible Care Terms and Conditions

Location

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More information

Enquiries

Enquiries can be directed to Children's Services on 02 9710 0466 or childrensservices@ssc.nsw.gov.au

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