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Family Handbook 
Click here for the Monash Caulfield Child Care Centre Family Handbook.

Hours of Operation
Our opening hours are 7:45am to 5:45pm Monday to Friday.

We are linked to the Monash University calendar and are open Labour Day, Queens Birthday and Cup Day public holidays. 

The Centre is closed on the Tuesday after Easter as well as for 1 Staff Professional Development training day per year (date to be advised each year). We are also closed for approximately 2 weeks over the Christmas holiday period.

Centre Tours
Centre Tours are scheduled throughout the calendar year. Please call or email us for dates and to make a booking.

2017 Fees
Daily Fees include morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a late snack. Please provide nappies from home if required.

Monash Student Daily Fee: $98

Monash Staff Daily Fee: $103

Community Daily Fee: $108

The Committee of Management sets a levy fee each year, which is a flat rate fee per family, charged in addition to regular daily fees. The current levy fee is $200 per family. Levies help to cover the ongoing maintenance costs of the centre. Eligible concession card holders and families experiencing hardship will not be required to pay this levy (at the Centre Management and/or Committee’s discretion).
 
Levies are charged in two installments of $100 as follows:
 
• March (Charged for January-June)
• August (Charged for July-December)
 
A once-off $60 administration fee is charged to families once they accept a child care offer. 
 
Child Care Fees Government Assistance Payments
Monash Caulfield Child Care Centre is a registered child care service and eligible families can apply to receive Federal Government child care fee assistance.

The Child Care Benefit (CCB) payment is income tested and paid directly to the approved child care service to reduce the child care fees that eligible families pay.

The Child Care Rebate (CCR) payment helps families cover the out-of-pocket costs of child care and it is not income tested. Even if your family income is too high for you to receive the Child Care Benefit, you may be eligible for the Child Care Rebate. It covers up to 50 per cent of out-of-pocket costs, up to $7,500 per child, per financial year. 

You may choose to receive the Child Care Rebate either directly to your bank account, or through your child care service provider as a fee reduction. 

Please visit mychild.gov.au for further information about CCB and CCR.

You can apply for the Child Care Benefit online or in person through Centrelink. To apply online, visit the Department of Human Services website.
 
Paying Fees via Salary Packaging
If you are a Monash University Staff Member you can choose to pay your child care fees via Salary Packaging. Government assistance payments (CCB and CCR) are not applicable. Salary Packaging Online Form.

Tax Deductible Donations
MCCC is a registered Not-for-Profit organisation. If you would like to make a Tax Deductible Donation to Monash Caulfield Child Care Centre, please click here. A receipt will be provided.

Childhood Immunisation Requirements
The "No Jab, No Play" Victorian State Government legislation requires all children to be fully immunised for their age at the time of enrollment in child care.
 
To accept a formal offer of child care at Monash Caulfield Child Care Centre, you must provide a copy of your child's Immunisation History Statement from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. Immunisation History Statements can be obtained by contacting Medicare:


Priority of Access
Access to the Bunjil Room/Funded Kindergarten Program is offered as a priority to:

  • Existing families accessing the Centre as their funded Kindergarten Program
  • Staff and students of Monash University wanting to access the Centre as their funded Kindergarten Program
  • Community members accessing the Centre as their funded Kindergarten program
  • Existing families not accessing the Centre as their funded Kindergarten program
 
In addition, The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs priority of access guidelines will be followed when offering a child care place. Please inform Management if you fall within these priority guidelines.
 
  • A child at risk of serious abuse or neglect
  • A child of a single parent who satisfies, or of parents who both satisfy, the work/training/study test under Section 14 of the Family Assistance Act
  • Children in aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • Children in families which include a person with a disability
  • Children in families which include an individual whose taxable income percentage under clause 7 of schedule 2 to the family assistance act is 100%
  • Children in families with a non-English speaking background
  • Children in socially isolated families
  • Children of single parents

Accepting an Offer
If you wish to accept a formal offer of child care from MCCC, you must pay a non-refundable deposit of 4 weeks child care fees and provide your child's Immunisation History Statement providing evidence that your child's immunisations are up to date. 

Orientation
In accordance with our centre Philosophy, it is important that families and children feel welcome and begin to develop a sense of belonging to our community during the orientation process.

We recognise and value the role of parents, guardians and/or family members in children’s orientation to child care and we recognise the importance of promoting secure attachments between children and educators. We encourage children to develop a secure relationship with a primary carer at the centre where possible, and we implement strategies for specific staff to spend time with specific children in order to build secure relationships.

We understand that each child and family is unique, and that it may take varying amounts of time and communication for each child and family to feel comfortable at the centre.

Where possible, we encourage both children and families to spend time playing, exploring, meeting educators and becoming familiar with the environment, before children are left at the centre for the first time.

Bicultural Support for starting child care
Bicultural Support is available for children from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Bicultural Support provides specific language and cultural assistance to help enrol and settle children and families who do not yet share a language with their educators. Bicultural Support enhances children’s learning and wellbeing, values identity and supports children and families from CALD backgrounds to develop a sense of belonging within children’s services.

Please speak with Management if you feel your child would benefit from Bicultural Support and click here for further information.

Inclusion Support
The Inclusion Support Programme assists child care services to build their capacity to include children with additional needs and ongoing high support needs in child care.

Children who may be eligible for inclusion support are those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, children from a refugee or humanitarian intervention background, Indigenous children and children with ongoing high support needs, including children with disability or children undergoing continuing assessment for disability.

Please speak with Management if you think your child may benefit from Inclusion Support. We offer priority enrolment to children with additional needs.

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