What do the new Child Care Support changes in July 2018 mean

The new Government Child Care Rebate changes come into effect on July 2nd 2018. Some of the key elements of the new In-Home Care policy include, a $25 family hourly rate cap and only 3,000 places available nationwide. Let’s look at the other elements of the new policy.

From 2 July 2018, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the existing Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR).

The Government has deduced the ways people can claim Child Care rebates. It appear that parents are less likely to be able to choose the person(s) who Care for their children if they wish to receive Government support with Child Care fees.

Do families get to keep their present educator?
Families may be able to retain the services of the existing educators provided the educator is engaged by an In Home Care Service (approved for the Child Care Subsidy) and meets the requirements for the In Home Care as outlined in the national guidelines. These include the qualification requirements for In Home Care. ( Cert III in a relevant course)

 

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Are families able to find their own educator?
There may be instances where a family finds an educator to provide In Home Care. To be able to provide In Home Care, the educator must be engaged by an In Home Care Service and meet the requirements for In Home Care including qualification requirements. In such cases, the relevant In Home Care Support Agency may be able to assist the families by advocating their needs with the relevant In Home Care Service(s)

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Key elements of the new In-Home Care policy include:
• A $25 family hourly rate cap
• A renewed focus on early childhood education and care
• Qualification requirement for educators – as a minimum, Certificate III in a relevant course
• 3,000 places capped nationally (above current utilisation)
• The introduction of In Home Care Support Agencies
• A maximum of five children to be cared for by an educator.

Approved child care can include:
• In Home Care
• Long Day Care
• Family Day Care
• Outside school hours Care
• Vacation Care
• Occasional Care

What are the criteria for the revised In-Home care program?
In Home Care must be provided only for children in families eligible for the Child Care Subsidy who can demonstrate that other types of approved Child Care are not available or appropriate and where one or more of the following criteria apply:
• Parents or carers are working non-standard or variable hours, outside normal child care service hours
• Parents or carers are geographically isolated from other types of approved child care, particularly in rural or remote locations
• The family has challenging or complex needs, including where families are experiencing challenging situations, and other approved Child Care services are not able to meet the needs of the child or the family.

A child care service cannot be approved for Child Care Subsidy if it is:
• Providing informal care through personal arrangements
• Primarily conducting instruction in an activity (such as sport or music);
• Primarily providing a disability or early intervention service;
• A service where a parent primarily provides care or is readily available and retains responsibility for the child while the service is provided (such as a play group);
• A service primarily providing short–term irregular care at premises where the parent is a visitor or guest and the parent is readily available (such as a service provided by a gym);
• A service that primarily provides an early educational program to children in the year that is 2 years before grade 1 of school (such as a preschool or kindergarten).

The agencies who will be introduced to manage the new system are In Home Care Services and Support Agencies

‘In Home Care Support Agencies will match suitable families to approved services (services approved for the Child Care Subsidy as In Home Care Services under the family assistance law), and recommend to the department the number of places to be allocated to each service. The department will take into account these recommendations in allocating In Home Care places to services.’

As the role of In Home Care Agencies is to ‘match suitable families to approved services’ this appears to take the choice of Carer away from families and place it into the hands of a Government body. Is this a positive move?

In Home Care Services will be responsible for the actual service delivery. Broadly, this will involve engaging a qualified educator, undertaking home inspections, monitoring service delivery and undertaking Child Care Subsidy related activities such as submission of child care attendance records and making Additional Child Care Subsidy claims.

With these new restrictions on who can receive Support and a Government agency deciding who chooses the person who cares for your child, I wonder what the public response will be.

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