Affinity helps families maximise Child Care Subsidy

Affinity Education Group has launched new 9-hour and 10-hour Set Session care options for children enrolled in more than 160 Lifelong Learning Centres around Australia.
Effective 1 July 2018, ‘Your Care, Your Way’ Set Sessions will enable families to make the most of their new Child Care Subsidy entitlements.
CEO Tim Hickey said the flexible Set Sessions would particularly benefit full-time working families with children in 5-day a week care, who are limited to a maximum of 100 hours of subsidised care per fortnight.
"Although our centres are usually open 11 or 12 hours each day to cater for a wide variety of family schedules, not all families need use every hour of care within an 11 or 12 hour day session," Mr Hickey said.

“Our new 9-hour and 10-hour sessions will help eligible families receive the Child Care Subsidy for each hour their child attends the centre,” Mr Hickey said.

“This will also offer flexibility to families with children attending 2, 3, or 4 days per week, to ensure their children can continue to benefit from quality early education,” he said.
Centre Manager Claudette Snell from A Step Ahead Early Learning Jindalee in Western Australia said the 10-hour sessions have had an immediate benefit for her families.
“We’re doing all we can to support our families as they transition to the new Child Care Package, and flexible Set Sessions are exactly what they have been asking for,” Ms Snell said.
“Five of our full-time families took up the 10-hour sessions within days of it becoming available. And families whose children attend at least three days each week see how their children are learning and growing through our programs and activities, so they don’t want to drop days of care."
“Combined with no more Child Care Cap for many families, we’re able to guarantee ongoing access to early learning when children need it most,” she said.
Affinity's Lifelong Learning approach to early years education is designed to help children develop vital social, emotional, academic and physical skills in their pre-school years.
Designed around the Early Years Learning Framework for four age groups – birth to one year, one to two years, three to five years and five to twelve years (for Out of School Age Care), it is used in more than 160 approved Lifelong Learning Centres around Australia.