The new “Child Care Package” is coming in July 2018
The year 2017 is fast coming to a close and it is now that we start looking forward to the New Year and what is in store for 2018!
An important consideration for you will be the Government’s New Child Care Package which commences on 2 July 2018.
Under the new package, the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate will be replaced by a new Child Care Subsidy.
The amount of subsidy that families will receive will be based on three things:
1. their combined family income
2. the level of ‘approved’ activity they undertake
3. the type of child care service they use.
The easiest way to work out how much subsidy you may be eligible for is through the Family Child Care Subsidy Estimator which is available here …
It’s easy to use and only takes a few minutes to fill out.
As we receive more information and come to understand the new processes we will of course share this so that you too can understand!
The “Hilltop Project” gets a name… “The Well”
Announcing the name for the CrossLife ‘Hilltop’ community hub – ‘The Well’ – a place for all to gather and find health, life and community through the gym, outside of school hours care, medical centre and various other community services… Set to open very, very soon!
A great read about sleep! (or lack thereof!!!)
Watch the new “Hilltop Project” taking shape…
The works are continuing swiftly on the new “Hilltop Project” at Highland Reserve, Upper Coomera which will include Young Discoverer’s new OSHC (Outside School Hours Care) facility… It’s all VERY exciting… Follow the progress using this link…
Great Online Resources
There are some terrific online resources out there available to both Educators and families…
Take some time to “look around” in these sites! They have all sorts of handy & useful information!
A quick reminder about Immunisations!
A copy of your child’s immunisation record is required at enrolment please. This must be in the form of an official record issued by the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register or a letter from a recognised immunisation provider (e.g. a GP or immunisation nurse). As your child progresses through with their subsequent immunisation schedules, so too their updated record will need to be provided… Regrettably the “Personal Health Record” (the ‘red book’) from Queensland Health is no longer an acceptable proof of immunisation as it contains only handwritten updates.
A child must be fully immunised, on a catch up immunisation schedule or have a valid exemption at the time a parent makes their very first claim for Childcare Benefit. Please provide your valid exemption from your General Practitioner if applicable.
N.B. Not providing this information will result in exclusion from care in the event of particular infections, at the discretion of the Population Health Unit. Normal fees will apply during absence.
You can get a copy of your child’s immunisation records held on ACIR (Australian Childhood Immunisation Register):
We are so blessed to have chaplains as part of our care team at Young Discoverers. Crosslife Church made a commitment several years ago to ensure that staff, families and children had access to the support of a chaplain as needed. The chaplains are there to chat with, they run classes such as parenting courses, they support educators with lesson prep as required, organize volunteers to help run family events and provide “Sunday School” type classes to our children. These ladies are a true asset to our service and we don’t know what we ever did without them! Let me introduce you to our beautiful chaplains.
We have two principle chaplains, Nan, who is based at Helensvale and Lisa, based at Highland Reserve. We are also so very blessed to have a third chaplain in Deb, filling in on the Chaplaincy team as required but also a much loved staff member at our OSHC centre at Highland Reserve State School. Deb holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services.
Nan has a passion for working with children and has worked in childcare for many years. Nan recently achieved her Bachelor of Early Childhood and has been working in the capacity of chaplain since mid 2014. Nan brings a wealth of experience and is always willing to have a chat.
Lisa has been with us for a few years now after initially starting as a volunteer with our founding chaplain, Gloria (now retired). Lisa has a background in youth work and has a natural affinity with children. Lisa is passionate about providing support structures for people in need and also makes a mean cuppa!!
Please introduce yourselves to our Chaplains and if you ever need a chat know that their door is always open!
2018 Pre-School Parents
Please ensure that you advise your Centre if you are a Health Care Card holder, or an Australian Government Pension Concession Card holder with automatic Health Care Card entitlements, as you may be eligible to receive a further discount on your Preschool fees. Discounted Preschool fees are applied at the beginning of each term and cannot be backdated.