Rebate helps cubby add value

November 30, 2017

Wheeling: Mila Goossens scoots around the play area.

Grace Spittles and Sam Halliwell play at the Cubby House on Thursday.

Jed Farrow and Phillip Mercuri cool off during hot day at the Tatura Cubby House.

Jess Halliwell and Edward Stammers enjoy their time at the Cubby House.

Tatura Community House’s Cubby House will be able to offer more value and service to parents in 2018 when the Federal Government’s child care rebate reform begins.

The Cubby House is one of 17 occasional care services nationally that will become covered for childcare subsidies that were not available in the past.

This means families will be eligible to claim a subsidy for their childcare at Cubby House from July 2, next year.

For families earning $65710 or less, they will have 85 per cent of their childcare fees covered by the government.

The subsidy gradually tapers down to 50 per cent once parents are earning $170710.

There will be a bonus subsidy for disadvantaged families, such as those with children at risk of abuse or neglect; those experiencing temporary financial hardship; and grandparent carers on welfare.

The Cubby House will also be able to apply for federal supported grants to help with operational and capital costs.

‘‘This is a great opportunity for us and we may increase our hours to reach our limited licence hours of 15 hours childcare per week; currently we do about 10 hours,’’ Tatura Community House manager Leeane Button said.

Next year the Cubby House will change its days from Tuesday and Thursday to Wednesday and Thursday. It will be operating from 9am to 2pm on those days.

Cubby House childcare co-ordinator Tarja Pena said they normally had 15 children during their sessions and would welcome new families to join their friendly environment.

‘‘We’re a small group and offer a great service,’’ Ms Pena said.

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