FAQ

1. Enrolments

1a) How do I enrol in the centre?

For instructions on how to enrol at Ermington OSHC, please follow the link: Ermington Enrolments

1b) My details are the same as last year. Do I need to provide an enrolment form?

Yes, it is important that each family re-enrols via the webserver during the enrolment period as it is a requirement to have an up to date enrolment information under the National Quality Framework (NQF). Since bookings are removed at the end of each year, it is important that you also submit new bookings at the time of enrolment.

2. Fees

2a) Is there a Membership Fee?

Yes, every family at Ermington OSHC is required to pay an annual membership fee of $20.00 when they enrol/re-enrol at the centre each year.

2b) How much are the Centre Fees?

Session Type Morning Session (per child) Afternoon Session (per child)
Permanent Booking $9.50 $17.00
Casual Booking $10.50 $18.00

2c) How do I pay my fees?

There are three ways that you can make payment:

  • Internet Transfer: You can pay your fees via Internet Banking. Please use the details below when making your internet transfer.

BSB: 062 271  Account #: 10068109  Account Name: Ermington PS OSHC Description: Your four digit parent code & surname.

  • Direct Debit: You can arrange to have the balance of your account, or a pre-designated set amount debited from your credit card / bank account on a fortnightly basis. The debit will occur approximately two days after you have received your statement of usage. You can sign up to Ezidebit via the Webserver under ‘Parents Menu’.

EZIDEBIT FEES

Administration Fee (once only): $1.10

Bank Account Transaction Fee: $0.88

Credit Card Transaction Fee: VISA/Mastercard 2.2% (min $0.88); AMEX/Diners 4.4% (min $0.88)

EZIDEBIT Dishonour Fee: $14.80 per dishonoured transaction (to be charged directly from Ezidebit)

 

  • Bank Deposit: You can deposit your money at the Commonwealth Bank directly into Ermington’s account, by using a coded deposit book.

2d)  Can I pay my fees at the centre with cash or cheques?

No. Ermington is a cashless centre which means that we cannot accept cash or cheques as a form of payment. Please see above for how to pay your fees.

2e) How often do I get billed?

You should receive a statement once a fortnight from our administration office, Becklyn. Your statement details your usage at the centre from the past two weeks, and your total amount owing – which will include any missed payments from before the current period .

3. Child Care Payments

The Australian Government has two payments to assist families with the cost of child care – the Child Care Benefit (CCB) and the Child Care Rebate (CCR). CCB/CCR payments will be dependant on a child’s immunisation status. Please download the  No Jab No Pay Factsheet for more information.

Please download the 2017-18 Childcare Assistance Factsheet to learn more.

**PLEASE NOTE** – As of July 2018 there will be a new Child Care Package. Please download The New Child Care Package Brochure to learn more. 

The Department of Education and Training have recently updated their website with detailed information on the new child care package. For more information visit education.gov.au/transitioning-new-child-care-package. A Facebook page has also been launched, Like or follow the page at Facebook.com/AusGovEducation.

Subsidy estimator

Under the new package, the amount of subsidy paid by the Government to help cover a family’s child care fees will change for many people.

It’s important that families know about the changes now so they can make informed decisions about their future. The easiest way for families to work out how much subsidy they may be eligible for is through the ‘Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator’ located at www.education.gov.au/childcare.  It’s easy to use and only takes a few minutes to fill out.

 

3a) What is CCB?

Child Care benefits (CCB) is a payment to assist with the cost of child care for families who use CCB approved and/or registered care. You can receive CCB if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You have a child in care
  • Your child attends CCB approved or registered care and you are liable to pay the child care fees
  • Your child meets the immunisation requirements (or has an exemption)
  • You or your partner meet the residency requirements (or have an exemption)

3b) What is the CCR?

The Child Care Rebate (CCR) is an additional payment to help working families with the out of pocket expenses for the CCB approved child care.  Even if your CCB entitlement is zero due to your income, you may still be eligible for the CCR. You may get the CCR if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You are eligible for CCB (entitled at a rate of zero or more)
  • You and your partner meet the CCR work, training, study set.
  • You are using approved child care

3c) How do I receive my Child Care Rebate (CCR)?

From July 2011, families will have a choice of four different options for payment of their CCR entitlement.

  1. Fortnightly paid to your bank account
  2. Fortnightly paid to your service to be passed on as fee reductions
  3. Quarterly payment to your bank account. The first quarter commences on the first Monday in July of each financial year. Each quarter is for a period of 13 weeks. Quarterly payments are paid in OctoberJanuary, and April, with the last quarter paid at reconciliation.Child Care Rebate quarterly periods and the payments timeline is available online (http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/enablers/centrelink/child-care-rebate/payment-methods). If you have not received your payment within a week of the end of the relevant payment period below, you may need to contact the Family Assistance Office on 136 150.
  4. Annual lump sum payment to their bank account after CCB/CCR reconciliation.

If you would like to change your method of payment, you will need to contact the Family Assistance Office directly. Families who want to receive their CCR as a fortnightly or quarterly payment must claim CCB as reduced fees, even if they are eligible for CCB but their entitlement is zero due to income.

3d) What is the difference between CCB Approved Child Care and Registered Child Care?

CCB Approved Child Care is provided by child care services that are approved by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace relations.      A Registered Child Care is care provided by grandparents, relatives, friends or nannies for work-related care and who are registered carers with the Family Assistance Office

3e) Is Ermington OSHC an approved centre?

Yes, Ermington OSHC is an Approved Child Care centre. This means that you may receive CCB or CCR payments if you are eligible and/or meet the above requirements.

3f) What are allowable absences?

An allowable absence is the number of absentee days without proof, that a child can have per financial year without CCB payments being suspended.This is a total figure across all forms of approved childcare per financial year.  For example: If your child is in Kindergarten at Ermington OSHC, they still may have a figure of  absences appearing on their statement from a long day care, etc, that they have attended in the same financial year.

3g)  What does a formal enrolment mean?

A formal enrolment means that your usage data at the centre is being sent through to Centre link .In order to claim CCB or CCR you must have a formal enrolment.  To formalise your enrolment you must  provide us with the following information for both the enrolling parent and child:

  • The correct CRN (customer reference number)  NB: The parent and child CRNs are always different numbers
  • The correct date of birth

For CCR to be paid, families must claim CCB and have a formal enrolment.

3h) What is an informal enrolment?

An informal enrolment means that you are not currently claiming CCB, although you may need to in the future. Attendance information is held by DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) and only passed onto the FAO (Family Assistance Office) if the enrolment is upgraded to formal.

4. General Centre Info

4a) What time is breakfast at the centre?

Breakfast finishes at 8am. Please ensure that you arrive before 8am if your child requires breakfast.

4b) What is the procedure if I am running late to pick up my child?

We understand that sometimes there are unavoidable circumstances that may mean you will be running late to collect your child. In this circumstance, you should call the centre to notify them that you are expecting to be late and give the staff member your estimated time of arrival. Any child collected after 6.00pm will incur a $1.00 per minute per child charge.

If a child is not collected by 6.30pm & no contact can be made with parents or emergency contacts, the child will be placed under the supervision of the local police station or Department of Community Services.

Late pick up fines are calculated on the spot & are determined by the clock at the service. Continual late pick-ups will lead to written notification that your booking at the centre is in jeopardy.

Please be advised that the centre’s late collection policy has been reviewed & updated. The changes will be displayed in the room & will come in to effect on Monday, 7th March 2016.

The fee has been increased to cover overtime wage payments to educators & is now $50 for the first 5 minutes or part thereof & $10 for each subsequent 5-minute period, or part thereof.

The fee will be applied at the Director & Coordinator’s discretion.

4c) What do I do if my child can’t attend OSHC?

If your child is booked in for a session at OSHC, you must notify the centre if your child cannot attend,  by either logging in to the webserver & marking them away or letting the centre know to avoid unnecessary confusion & concern,

If the centre is not notified of a child’s absence prior to the commencement of a session, a non-notification fee of $5.00 will be charged.

4d) My child has started in Kindergarten and is new to the centre. How will my child get to and from school and OSHC?

In Term One, we try to ensure that the transition to school is as easy as possible for our Kindergarten children. In the morning sessions, the Kindergarten children are walked to their classroom with a staff member, until we feel they are ready to go by themselves. In the afternoon sessions, the Kindergarten children are picked up from their classrooms and walked to OSHC with a staff member.