We have a minimum two-day enrolment requirement per child. Attending for two days or more per week helps your child to feel comfortable, build bonds with their educators and to be able to happily immerse themselves in the learning programs.
To go on our waiting list, please click below. We will contact you to confirm your place on the waiting list.
If you would like to discuss your child’s enrolment, please contact us on 03 4216 0600 or at email@example.com.
Imagination Garden fees are subsidised by the federal government’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS). The amount of CCS families receive is based on their estimated combined annual adjusted taxable income.
We do not charge fees for public holidays. We only charge for days we are open.
How much CCS will my family receive?
The amount of CCS a family receives will depend on three factors:
- Combined family income
- How much work/activity the parents do
- The type of care a family chooses to use (Imagination Garden is ‘centre based care’)
There are several eligibility requirements for CCS. Nearly all families will be eligible for some CCS, but the rate and number of hours may differ according to individual family circumstances.
It is very important that you confirm your actual CCS eligibility before enrolling with Imagination Garden. We will support you to apply for CCS and we will confirm your out-of-pocket fees with Imagination Garden as part of the enrollment process. Applying for CCS can be complicated and confusing – don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 4216 0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need some help applying for CCS.
The table below is a guide only for the fees per child per day at Imagination Garden. More information about CCS (including how to claim/apply) can be found on the Services Australia web site.
UPDATE: From 7 March 2022, families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care will get a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children. Eligible higher rate children will receive a 30% higher subsidy, up to a maximum 95%
|Combined annual family income||2021-22 fees
per child, per day
|$354,305||$135.41 (full fee per child per day)|
Child Care Subsidy Activity Test
The number of hours of subsidised childcare families can receive is related to how many ‘hours of recognised activity’ (work, study, voluntary work, looking for work, etc) the families do per fortnight.
|Hours of recognised activity per fortnight||Maximum number of hours of subsidised childcare per CCS fortnight|
|8 hours to 16 hours||36 hours|
|More than 16 hours to 48 hours||72 hours|
|More than 48 hours||100 hours|
Families with combined annual income of $70,015 or less who do not meet or who are not exempt from the activity test will be entitled to 24 hours of subsidised care per fortnight
Note that Imagination Garden operates for 11 hours per day, so children enrolled for five days per week attend for 110 hours per fortnight. Imagination Garden offers a discount for full time enrolments. The fee for the tenth day a child is enrolled in a fortnight is discounted. In 2021-22 the discounted fee for the tenth day a child is enrolled in a fortnight is $25.00 per child.
Additional notes about Child Care Subsidy
- A ‘withholding percentage’ is applied to CCS. This means the government retains 5% of CCS to offset potential Centrelink debts incurred in the future. The withholding is released to families annually if there are no debts.
- All individuals are required to provide a ‘reasonable’ adjustable taxable income estimate when they claim (apply for) CCS. Where an individual is a member of a couple, the individual will need to provide an estimate of both their and their partner’s adjustable taxable income for that year.
- Individuals will also be required to provide a reasonable adjusted taxable income estimate for each new financial year.
More information about CCS (including how to claim/apply) can be found on the Services Australia web site.
Applying for CCS can be complicated and confusing – don’t hesitate to contact us 03 4216 0600 or email@example.com if you need some help applying for CCS.