Community Child Care Fund restricted non-competitive grant opportunity (for specified services)

The CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity, which is different to the Open Competitive grant opportunity, is primarily for former Budget Based Funded (BBF) child care services as at 30 June 2018 and a small number of other specified child care services, to ensure their viability under the new child care arrangements. This grant funding supplements the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy which services may be eligible to receive on behalf of families. CCCF funding has been available since July 2018.

Objectives and Outcomes

The main objectives of the CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity are to:

  • support eligible child care services to transition to and operate viably under the new child care package
  • ensure continuity of child care services during and beyond any period of transition
  • support services to increase participation by Indigenous children. 

The expected outcomes through the CCCF restricted non-competitive grant opportunity are:

  • continuity of locally-driven service delivery, appropriate for the particular community
  • increased capacity of services to operate sustainably in the new child care package
  • child care services are able to address (or have increased capacity to address) community level barriers to child care participation
  • increased number of children from vulnerable or disadvantaged families or communities accessing services
  • increased collaboration between relevant services, in particular to meet the needs of vulnerable or disadvantaged families or communities
  • increased participation in early childhood education and care by Indigenous children.

Resources for eligible CCCF restricted non-competitive specified services

The Family Assistance Law is the basis for Commonwealth child care fee assistance, which includes the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) and the Additional Child Care Subsidy. The Family Assistance law also provides for the approval of child care providers to administer child care fee assistance on behalf of families.

The Community Child Care Fund Restricted Non-Competitive Grants – A Guide for Services provides services with practical guidance on complying with requirements and meeting obligations under the CCCF Restricted non-competitive grant agreement.

Child Care Subsidy Minister's Rules 2017 - CCCF providers not NQF approved are subject to s55 – additional of conditions of continued approval.

Managing Cash Flow Fact Sheet – Use this fact sheet to understand the implications for cash flow, including payroll, in moving from block funding to fees and subsidies and to read about tips and tricks for managing cash flow.

Bad Debts Management and Collection Fact Sheet – use this fact sheet to understand how to manage and reduce bad debts

Fee Calculation Guide – use the calculation guide to estimate the total upfront hourly fee for families earning a combined income of between $66,958 - $171,958 if your services charges certain hourly fees

Fee Policies and Procedures Fact Sheet – use this fact sheet to understand fee policies and procedures in the new child care package, consider how families are billed, how to manage late payments, setting up payment plans, managing absenteeism, whether to apply a deposit for enrolment and to view an example of a fee policy.

Business Plan Template – use the Business Plan Template to consider how you intend to operate your child care service under the new child care package, support your CCCF application (this will be useful for your CCCF application if you don't have a business plan already) and to identify risks, consider and action risk mitigation strategies.

Resources for All Child Care Providers

The Child Care Provider Handbook is written for providers of early learning and child care. It is a guide to the requirements and responsibilities of child care providers and services that are approved under Family Assistance Law.

Frequently asking questions about the child care package and managing enrolments can be found on the department FAQ page.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy is a top up payment in addition to the Child Care Subsidy which will provide targeted additional fee assistance to families and children facing barriers in accessing affordable child care.

Applying for Child Care Subsidy – how to apply for approval under the Family Assistance Law for the purposes of administering Australian Government child care fee assistance to eligible families

Task cards and fact sheets on Applying for Child Care Subsidy.

Business Support for Child Care Providers

Business Support is a free business review and advice service that is available to child care services experiencing financial viability and/or sustainability issues, particularly in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities.

Further information and resources are available at Community Child Care Fund Business Support

Resources for Families

Families seeking advice on the Child Care Subsidy can find information on the Department of Human Services website.

Families are responsible for lodging a claim for the Child Care Subsidy, confirming their enrolment and keeping their circumstances up to date with Centrelink via their myGov account. The Australian Government will notify families via their myGov account of their entitlements.

Please see the assistance provided for confirming an enrolment.

Useful Contacts

PRODA Access

ACCS helpdesk – ACCS@education.gov.au

Child Care Subsidy helpdesk - 1300 667 276 or ccshelpdesk@education.gov.au

Centrelink Indigenous Call Centre - 1800 136 380

Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority - ACECQA