Information for child care providers

Early childhood services subsidy

The early childhood services subsidy is paid directly to child care providers to help with the cost of providing a service and to reduce the cost of child care for parents.

How much is the subsidy

The subsidy has two flat rates:

  • $30 per equivalent full time place, per week for children aged under two years of age
  • $22 per equivalent full time place, per week for children aged two to five years of age.

Who can apply for the subsidy

The following regulated services are eligible to receive the subsidy:

  • long day care
  • family day care
  • three year old kindergarten.

How the subsidy is calculated

The subsidy is calculated on the average number of equivalent full-time places in a financial quarter, multiplied by the number of operating weeks.

Early Childhood Education and Care will periodically monitor and check the accuracy of data provided by child care operators.

How the subsidy is paid

An agreement form is forwarded to eligible services before each financial year.

The subsidy is then paid quarterly, by electronic transfer into a nominated bank account.


You can contact Early Childhood Education and Care by either:

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Last updated: 14 February 2019

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