Federal Government asks childcare centres to protect places in Victoria as stage 4 coronavirus lockdown takes force

The Federal Government will give money to Victorian childcare centres so parents can keep their children at home without losing their places, Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan says.

Additional funding will be provided to centres in the state, to encourage them not to charge fees for absent children for an additional 30 days.

It will effectively allow parents to keep their children out of care for six extra working weeks without being stung by additional costs, if their centre agrees to waive the fee.

“Ultimately the decision to waive the gap fee is up to the provider themselves, but what this package does is incentivise providers to waive the gap fee,” Mr Tehan said.

“We want those parents to keep their children enrolled because we know once we come out of this pandemic, they will need the care for their children so that they can go back to work.”

The new arrangements will be in place from tomorrow.

Childcare centres and parents have been left facing severe uncertainty since it was announced Victoria would move to stage 4 coronavirus restrictions.

More to come.

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