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Gap fee waiver divides NSW ECEC services as lockdown persists

Large providers who service the greater Sydney region, including Goodstart Early Learning and KU Children’s Services have made the decision to waive gap fees while many smaller providers sat they are not in a position to remain viable while waiving fees, causing division in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

5 days

by Freya Lucas

Fairfield Council to waive LDC and preschool service fees as NSW lockdown persists

Parents who use the long day care (LDC) and preschool services of Fairfield Council, and who choose to keep their children home during New South Wales; extended lockdown will have their gap fees waived, the Council recently announced.

6 days

by Freya Lucas

Sydney FDC educator makes free craft kits to ease the pain of extended lockdown

Yolanda Wong, a family day care (FDC) educator from the Sydney suburb of Willoughby, has made an effort to ease the challenges families are facing during Sydney’s extended lockdown, creating free craft kits for children to complete from the safety of their homes, as well as “survival” packs for their parents.

7 days

by Freya Lucas

ACA NSW issues advice for ECEC services after NSW tightens COVID restrictions

The New South Wales branch of the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) has issued a notice to its members which aims to clarify the announcements made by the NSW Government over the weekend regarding COVID-19 restrictions for the Greater Sydney region (including the Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour).

1 week

by Freya Lucas

Measures to support Greater Sydney during lockdown welcomed by ECEC sector peaks

Various early childhood education and care (ECEC) peak bodies including the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA), Early Childhood Australia (ECA), and the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) have welcomed a recent decision by the Federal Government to allow providers of early learning and care services in the NSW lockdown zone to waive the ‘gap fee’ for children who are not currently attending ECEC because of restrictions.

2 weeks

by Freya Lucas

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