Message from CEO: ' We are open for learning!'

“Open for learning” is the message being shared by all 148 Lifelong Learning Centres owned and operated by Affinity Education Group.  

Currently, the Australian Government’s ECEC Relief Package payments, which are provided directly to Affinity Education Group, combined with JobKeeper payments to educators and employees, are ensuring that all 148 centres within its community are able to operate as normal.  

CEO Tim Hickey said a positive employee culture, and best practice systems and processes had enabled its people and operations to adapt and respond throughout the COVID-19 disruption. 

“Our ability to remain open for families, and to keep our people employed, was never in doubt,” he said.  

“As the impact of COVID-19 became evident, our first priority was to support our people, so they could continue to support families and children.” 

“Operationally, our People, Quality, Education and Business teams worked seamlessly to clearly identify our challenges and quickly roll out efficiencies, improvements and adjustments through our systems and processes.” 

 “Regular and clear communication and updates to our people and to families reassured them that we were responding proactively as the situation evolved.”  

“Our people have absolutely shone through this entire period, going above and beyond every day in our centres to support eachother, their families and children, and in making any adjustments required to keep operating.”  

“We enhanced existing health and hygiene practices to protect our people and children and launched Lifelong Learning at Home – remote learning programs to support early education for children who were isolating with their families.” 

“Affinity Education Group welcomed the Government’s ECEC Relief Package package when it was announced, because we knew it was just in time for many families. Combined with the JobKeeper package, the Government funding currently available is being utilised to its fullest to support our families and people.” 

Continued operational efficiencies, enhanced early education training and a focus on school readiness for children who will start primary school in 2021 will be the focus of the months ahead, said Mr Hickey.    

“We’re already working through our transition plan to support families and enhance our early education programs as the Child Care Package is reinstated, and children start to return to our centres. 

The Australian Government’s current advice is the Child Care Package will resume from June 29 2020, at which time families will again be required to pay fees directly to the services. These fees will be subsidised by the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) according to family eligibility.   

“We’re confident we’re emerging from COVID-19 as one of Australia’s leading providers of quality early education and care,” Mr Hickey said. 



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