Long Day Education –
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ELC Long Day Education Program?
Early Learning Centre (ELC) Long Day Education provides high-quality Long Day Education that strengthens and supports each child’s continuous learning journey.
What hours/days does the Program operate?
The Long Day Education program operation hours are 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Monday to Friday. For 2020, 13 January 2020 – 18 December, 2020 (49 weeks).
What days does ELC Long Day Program run?
2 days Long Day Education Program runs on Thursday and Friday
3 days Long Day Education Program runs on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
5 days Long Day Education Program runs on Monday to Friday
What qualifications do the staff have?
Our staff are all experienced Early Childhood Educators who hold a minimum qualification of a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and a current Working with Children Check. Our Program Leaders hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies and are trained in First Aid, CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis.
Who can attend the ELC Long Day Education Program?
Your child/children must be enrolled in the Long Day Education option to attend. If your child is enrolled in the ELC program only (without the long day option), he/she cannot attend the ELC Long Day Education Program.
Can I use the Program for casual bookings?
No. Enrolment in the ELC Long Day program is for the year and is subject to an interview and offer process. There is a limited number of places.
Can I change options throughout the year?
Yes. Any variations in the days required should be made in writing to the Director of ELC. Notice of a decrease in days must be given four weeks in advance. Notice of an increase in days can be made at any time with a pro-rata adjustment for fees. An increase in days may take a short time to come into effect depending on the places availability.
What is the new Child Care Subsidy (CCS)?
On 2 July 2018, the childcare fee assistance that your family received changed. You need to login to complete your online application form through myGov.
Does my child need to attend a certain number of hours/days a week to receive the CCS?
The CCS will depend on a number of factors, including the work/study hours of the parent, family income, etc. Please visit the Centrelink website for further details.
How do I pay my fees fortnightly?
All ELC Fees must be paid by the due date via Direct Debit from a Bank Account or by Credit Card (Visa and Master Card only).
You must consent to Firbank Grammar School Direct Debiting from your bank account or credit card (Visa/Master Card only) for all fees that you incur by using a Service.
What are the registration and enrolment fees?
A fee of $200 is payable when you submit an application form.
A further enrolment fee of $2,000 must be paid upon acceptance into the Long Day Education Program.
These are non – refundable payments.
Can my CCS be paid to me rather than the Centre?
No. From 2 July 2018, all payments will be made directly to the Service Provider.
Do we still pay the daily rate even if we don’t attend?
Yes. However, if this is an authorised absence you will still be eligible for any CCS that you would otherwise receive for that day.
How many absences can my child have?
Attendances and absences are recorded in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Department of Education and Training. This is currently set at 42 days but does not include public holidays or Centre close-down days.
If my child has a doctor’s certificate, is this still recorded as an absence?
How are the hours of entitlement and the CCS worked out for each family?
The CCS percentage for the family is worked out on the household income. The hours of entitlement are based on the hours of activity of the person in the household that completes the lowest number of hours.
What is the maximum CCS percentage?
The maximum CCS percentage is 85%.
Is there an annual cap amount on the CCS?
Where a household income is between $186,958 and $351,248, there is an annual cap of $10,000. Household incomes above $351,248 are not entitled to CCS.
Can parents claim their CCS amounts at the end of the financial year?
No, there is no option to claim a bulk amount.
Does the School have to record the actual times of attendance of each child?
Yes, the “Child Care Provider Handbook’ published by the Department of Education states that each session report that is submitted to the CCS System must record actual attendance in and out times (except for absences).
If the actual hours of attendance are being reported, does that mean that payments are made according to this or to the session times?
Since we are billing a session/daily fee and reporting on the number of days for which we are operating, the payments are made on the session times/days, not the actual hours of attendance.
When do the public holidays fall?
These are the gazetted public holidays for Melbourne and will be published on Firbank’s website. The ELC programs will not be open.