Kinder program options FAQs

Mount Scopus offers two options for our kinder programs.

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

That's why, at Scopus, we offer our Lower and Upper Kinder families an increased choice of bookings options as outlined below.  

These 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 which operates across 48 weeks of the year. 

Families are responsible for determining which package will best meet their specific needs and may wish to obtain independent advice.

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 (LDC48)

48

7.30am - 6.00pm 

Mon to Thu, 

7.30am - 4/5.00pm Fri

included

included


 

Kinder only program (KP)

40

8.30am - 3.00pm 

Mon to Thu, 

8.30am - 12.00pm Fri

pay per use

pay per use

# An operating week indicates that the centre will be open for at least one day during that week, for example if the first day of kinder is a Friday that is counted as an operating week.

*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, where applicable. 

What are the costs for each of the options in 2023?

The fees for each year are released in the December prior to commencement. The fees below apply to the 2022 school year and provide an indication. 

Attendance basis

Annual fee (before CCS)

Billing period

Long day care 48 weeks (LDC48)

$33,930

1 Feb 2022 - 25 Jan 2023


Kinder program (KP)

$25,350

school terms only


Casual bookings 

Holiday program: $90 per day Monday to Friday, or $450 per week. Applies for KP /LDC 40 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). 


Charging for public holidays

ELCs are able to charge for days that are closed due to public holidays or operational reasons. As the kinder program tuition fee at Mount Scopus is set as an annual fee, these charged days do not increase the annual fee charged to parents, but rather reduces the daily rate overall and thus the out of pocket cost for eligible families between the daily rate and the CCS. 

In 2022 there are two public holidays that will be billed for kinder only families (Labour Day and Queen's Birthday holiday), and two additional public holidays that will be billed for long day care families (Easter Monday and Grand Final holiday). These additional days will come out of the 42 allowable absences for the financial year.


Why is there a difference between the billing periods?

The Kinder only program covers school terms only. 

The LDC 48 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 information

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 $356,756 in the 2022/23 financial year.  

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 2022-2023 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? / CCS Estimator

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 general in nature based on the current government regulations as at 23 September, 2022 and do not constitute financial advice.
  • Mount Scopus is not a financial adviser. Families are responsible for determining which package will best meet their specific needs and parents should consider seeking independent advice from an accountant or other professional to take into account individual circumstances.
  • Mount Scopus has undertaken reasonable care to ensure that the information and tools provided on this website are accurate and Mount Scopus will endeavour to update this page as required. However, government regulations are subject to change at short notice and Mount Scopus provides no warranties and makes no representations that the information provided on this website or by its tools is accurate, appropriate for your circumstances or indicates you should follow a particular course of action.  
  • Mount Scopus is not liable for any loss caused, whether due to negligence or otherwise, arising from the use of, or reliance on, the information provided directly or indirectly, by use of this website.


Example one 

If you receive 85% child care subsidy, and 50 hours of subsidised care a week the LDC 48 has the lower out of pocket fees: 

2022 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

LDC 48  

$33,930

$24,589.23

$9,340.78


Kindergarten

$25,350

$13,501.05

$11,848.95



Example two:

If you receive 50% child care subsidy, and 36 hours of subsidised care a week, the LDC 48 may be a more cost effective solution for you if you will need to use after care and holiday program on a regular basis: 

Out-of-pocket fee

2022 fee

Child care subsidy 

Out-of-pocket fee

LDC 48 

$33,930

$10,414.26

$23,515.74


Kindergarten

$25,350

$7,941.80

$17,408.20


In some situations, parents may wish to consider booking into a Long Day Care option, even when the out-of-pocket fee might be higher than the  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 186 days for the kinder program in 2023.

There are approximately 236 days for the long day care program in 2023.

There are approximately 50 days of holiday program per year.

In 2022 after care is $35 per session and holiday program is $105 per day.

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 2023.

You can use the tool below to estimate your out of pocket costs (based on the current fees).

Child Care Subsidy estimator

What do I need to do?


Families eligible for CCS

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 2023.

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 and Year 6, when two full terms' notice is required or the equivalent fees payable in lieu of notice.