Kinder program options FAQs

In 2021 Mount Scopus is offering three booking / payment options for our kinder programs.

We understand that every family’s situation and child care needs are different. 

We are therefore pleased to advise that from 2021, we will be offering our Lower and Upper Kinder families an increased choice of bookings options as outlined below.  

Having the three options will provide families with maximum flexibility to choose what suits them whilst balancing the hours of extra childcare needed with the government subsidies provided to eligible families. 

Depending on what CCS level families receive, under the current government regulations many families could be significantly better off with lower out-of-pocket expenses by switching from the Kinder only program to the fully inclusive Long Day Care program. 

Further details are outlined below.

What are the kinder options?

Attendance basis

Approx no. weeks per year

Hours included*

Beforecare and  aftercare workshops

Holiday program

Long day care (LDC)

48

7.30am - 6.00pm 

Mon to Thu, 

7.30am - 4/5.00pm Fr

included

included

Extended care (EC)

40

7.30am - 6.00pm 

Mon to Thu, 

7.30am - 4/5.00pm Fri

included

pay per use

Kinder only program (KP)

40

8.30am - 3.00pm 

Mon to Thu, 

8.30am - 12.00pm Fri

pay per use

pay per use

*Aftercare finishes at 5.00pm on Friday in Terms 1 and 4, and at 4.00pm in Terms 2 and 3 in line with the seasonal change in the start of Shabbat.

All other fee conditions will apply to whichever option you select, including family (multi-child) discount, staff discount and pre-payment discount. 

What are the costs for each of the options in 2021?

Attendance basis

Annual fee (before CCS)

Billing period

Long day care (LDC)

$34,272

1 Feb 2021 - 25 Jan 2022

Extended care (EC)

$30,800

(no change from 2020)

school terms only

Kinder program (KP)

$24,830

(no change from 2020) 

school terms only



Casual bookings 

Holiday program: $90 per day Monday to Friday, or $450 per week. Applies for KP / EC only. 

Beforecare: 7.30am to 8.30am Monday to Friday, $15 per session. Applies for KP only

Aftercare: 3pm to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 4.00pm (Terms 2 &3) or 5.00pm (Terms 1&4) Friday , $30 per session.  Applies for KP only

Holiday program and Aftercare includes activity workshops and afternoon tea (fresh cut fruit, vegetables and sandwiches or similar). 

**COVID notice** - no food will be provided during the COVID pandemic period.

Why is there a difference between the billing periods?


The Kinder only program and Extended care options cover school terms only. 

The Long day care option includes the holiday program. As children can only attend the holiday program after they have commenced kinder, by starting billing in February and finishing the end of January, this allows the holiday programs at the end of both Lower Kinder and Upper Kinder to be included in this fee structure.

Child Care Subsidy - how do we know if we are eligible?

The government’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS) reduces the amount of out-of-pocket fees that eligible families will pay. 

The amount of child care subsidy eligible families will receive will depend on income and approved activity levels as defined by Centrelink. 

You may be eligible for child care subsidy if you have a combined annual income of under $353,680.  

To learn more about child care subsidy, please go to https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy

To apply for child care subsidy, or to update your income estimate for 2020-2021 please go to your myGov online account or Express Plus Centrelink mobile app

What are 'activity levels' and how are they calculated?

The more hours of recognised activity (as defined by Centrelink) you do, the more hours of child care subsidy you can access, up to a maximum of 100 hours per fortnight for each child. 

If you have a partner, the lower of your or your partner’s activity level will determine the hours of child care subsidy you can access.

A broad range of activities can be included when calculating your activity hours including:

  • paid work, including being self-employed;
  • paid or unpaid leave, including paid or unpaid parental or maternity leave (based on hours prior to leave);
  • doing unpaid work in the family business;
  • taking your child to and from child care;
  • training courses to improve work skills or employment prospects;
  • an approved course of education or study;
  • volunteering;
  • actively setting up a business;
  • actively looking for work.


Calculating your activity level

Activity hours do not need to coincide with child care hours. 

For example, if you undertake an approved activity on the weekends, you can still include those activities in your calculation. 

Time taken to travel between GBH or FKI and your approved activity can also be included in your activity hours. 

Different types of approved activities should be combined to calculate your total activity hours. 

How do we update our activity and income levels?

To update the amount of approved activity that you do a week and/or your combined income, please go to your Centrelink online account through myGov

It is vital that if your activity or income levels change during the course of the year that you update them as this may be reflected in your CCS benefits.

Which kinder option will be best for my family?

Your out-of-pocket cost for each of the booking options will vary, depending on your child care subsidy and approved activity hours, as well as the additional care you require outside of the kinder program hours.

Below is a range of examples that show the approximate out-of-pocket fees that parents will be charged for the year, based on their child care subsidy level and approved activity hours. Whilst these examples indicate the subsidy available at certain levels, your specific circumstances may not be reflected below. 

Please note:

  • the examples below are based on the current government regulations and do not constitute advice. Families are responsible for determining which package will best meet their specific needs.
  • if your income is between $189,390 and $353,680, your child care subsidy will be capped at $10,560 per financial year

Example one 

If you receive 85% child care subsidy, and 50 hours of subsidised care a week: 

2021 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

Long Day Care  

$34,272

$24,800

$9,472

Extended Care 

$30,800

$19,000

$11,800

Kindergarten

$24,830

$11,250

$13,580



Example two:

If you receive 50% child care subsidy, and 50 hours of subsidised care a week: 

2021 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

Long Day Care  

$34,272

$14,500

$19,772

Extended Care

$30,800

$11,200

$19,600

Kindergarten

$24,830

$6,600

$18,230



Example three: 

If you receive 50% child care subsidy, and 36 hours of subsidised care a week: 

Out-of-pocket fee

2021 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

Long Day Care  

$34,272

$10,500

$23,772

Extended Care

$30,800

$8,000

$22,800

Kindergarten

$24,830

$6,600

$18,230



Example four: 

If you receive 30% child care subsidy, and 36 hours of subsidised care  a week: 

2021 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

Long Day Care  

$34,272

$6,000

$28,272

Extended Care

$30,800

$5,000

$25,800

Kindergarten

$24,830

$4,000

$20,830


In some situations, parents may wish to consider booking into the Long Day Care option, even when the out-of-pocket fee might be higher than the Extended Care or Kinder Program option in order to provide their child with the enrichment activities in the aftercare workshops and /or holiday program at a very low incremental cost, compared with external activities.

There are approximately 180 days of kinder per year.

There are approximately 40 days of holiday program per year.

What do I need to do?

Every parent will need to nominate which option they would like to book for each child in Lower or Upper Kinder at Mount Scopus in 2021.

Further information will be sent out in November, including the link to register your selection, which will be due no later than Friday 18 December. 

Families eligible for CCS

At this stage parents should ensure their information is up to date with Centrelink. If your child has not yet been in childcare, or you haven't yet registered for the Child Care Subsidy then please do so. To be able to calculate which package will be best for you, you will need to know your subsidy percentage rate and the number of approved hours of subsidised care per week that you are eligible for. 

Families not eligible for CCS

If your family is not eligible for CCS then you will already be able to calculate which option would be best for you, depending on your care requirements and the number of holiday program days and beforecare and aftercare sessions you would expect to use. 


Please note that, other than in exceptional circumstances, your preferred booking option will remain in place throughout 2021.

Withdrawing from the College

In line with the College's terms and conditions, one full school term’s notice in writing to the Principal is required before the withdrawal of a student from the College. If this notice is not given, one full term’s fees in lieu will be payable for all year levels other than Upper Kinder where two full terms' notice is required or the equivalent fees payable in lieu of notice.