National Childcare Scheme (NCS)
The National Childcare Scheme provides universal and income-based supports to families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years old. Parents and guardians can access these subsidies via the scheme’s online application process. As you’ll see below, the National Childcare Scheme offers two different subsidies.
Universal Subsidies are available to families who have children under the age of three. But it is also accessible to families with children over three years old who are yet to qualify for the ECCE Scheme. This subsidy is not means tested and contributes to the cost of a registered childcare place for up to 45 hours per week.
Families with children up to the age of 15 are potentially eligible for the means-tested Income Assessed Subsidies. The rate of support is calculated based on family income, your child’s age, their educational stage, and the number of children in your family. Please find the National Childcare Scheme Subsidy Calculator here >>
All our childcare centres participate in the National Childcare Scheme.
The ECCE Scheme offers pre-school age children two years of free early learning education before starting primary school. Your child must be at least two years and eight months old by August 31st to qualify for the upcoming ECCE term, which runs from September to June (38 weeks). The scheme is not means tested.
The program is provided three hours per day (9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm), five days a week, and is available at our four Treasure Island Childcare and Abacus Creche locations.
And if your child receives full-day or extended daycare at our centres, the ECCE subsidy will be deducted from their fees between September and June (inclusive). Find out more about the ECCE Scheme here >>