Child Care News for Parents & Carers
March 25, 2020
Welcome, this week how early childhood services are responding to COVID-19 and the steps you can take to keep your family safe and well. Plus, the latest information on payments of the Child Care Subsidy and COVID-19. Also how to help your big-schooler with homework… without taking over!
Payment of Child Care Subsidy and COVID-19
Many families with children in education and care services have been impacted by COVID-19.

Early childhood services are currently still open as they fall into the category of essential services, however this situation could change at any moment, given fears for the safety of staff and children, and the difficulty of maintaining distances between young children.

Some individual services may have been directed to close by health authorities but for the majority it is business 'as usual' despite these extraordinary circumstances.

Despite services staying open, many families are choosing to keep their children home and are concerned about whether this will impact their eligibility and payment of the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). With this in mind we have pulled together the information below from Services Australia, the government agency responsible for delivering payments and services.
How are child care services responding to COVID-19?
As you'd be aware, COVID-19 (or novel coronavirus) is a new respiratory disease that's causing great concern around the globe. The World Health Organization is officially calling it a 'pandemic', our government is taking strong steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 on home soil, and early childhood education and care (ECEC) services are also taking this illness seriously.

A Queensland child care worker has tested positive to COVID-19, and NSW Health says that children are at the same risk of contracting COVID-19 as adults. Although they are more likely to have a milder illness (and some kids might not have any symptoms), they can still spread the disease.

As such, ECEC services are responding to the COVID-19 health emergency by:
  • Staying informed and following the advice of government;
  • Taking steps to protect people from infection; and
  • Communicating regularly with staff, children and parents.
Let's look at what this means in practice, and see how COVID-19 can affect the operation of early childhood services and the payment of subsidies.
Positive ways to help your child with their homework
The idea of doing schoolwork in home time isn't always appealing. Some children struggle with their homework, procrastinate or simply refuse to do it, but it is important to support your child's home learning.

With your help, your child can gain confidence in their abilities, learn study skills and maybe even improve their academic achievements.

The tricky thing is knowing how much help to give. Because although your interest and involvement are important, it's also important that your child is given the space to complete their homework independently.
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