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New Gap Cost Payments for Foster Carers for Early Childhood Education and Care

This initiative provides carers with financial assistance to help meet the cost of early childhood education and care. This new payment is in addition to support payments provided by DCCSDS to meet child related costs and does not place a cap on the level of support that carers can receive to meet the cost of early childhood education and care.   

The new payments are:

  • Kindergarten —  foster  and kinship carers will receive a minimum gap cost payment of at least $25 per week for each child in their care to attend an approved kindergarten program — that is, a play-based program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year. This payment will be offered from 1 March to 30 June 2017 only.

  • Early childhood education and carefrom 1 July 2017, foster and kinship carers will receive a guaranteed minimum gap cost payment of at least $2000 per annum for each child in their care to attend early childhood education and care, or a guaranteed minimum payment of approximately $40 per week. This will replace the kindergarten gap cost payment. 

Foster and kinship carers who are caring for children aged one to five years old are encouraged to talk to their Child Safety Officers about eligibility for the new early childhood education gap cost payments.

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