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Help with early childhood costs

What support is available and where to find it

All early childhood education and care services will charge a fee to look after your child and this will vary depending on the amount of time your child is cared for and the service that is provided.

The Australian Government supports parents to meet child care expenses in a number of ways.

Child Care Benefit:  This benefit can help you with the cost of approved and registered child care.

Child Care Rebate:  This rebate can assist with your out-of-pocket expenses for approved child care if you are working, studying or training. To get Child Care Rebate, you must first make a claim for Child Care Benefit.

Jobs, Education and Training (JET) Child Care Fee Assistance:  This payment can help you with the cost of child care if you want to re-enter the workforce after having a child and are doing activities such as job search, work, study or rehabilitation as part of an Employment Pathway Plan.

Lower Kindy Fees for Health Card Holders:   If you, your child or foster child are Health Care Card holders or Australian Government Pension Concession card holders, you should ask your provider if they can claim the subsidy to reduce your kindergarten program fees. You will need to show the provider your card and they will keep a copy. For further information, please see the Centrelink website.

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Department of Education and Training Far North Queensland

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