Providers can now offer a discounted fee to cooks they employ whose children are enrolled at one of their services.
The early childhood workforce discount was introduced on 24 January 2022. It previously only applied to educators and early childhood teachers. As of 1 January 2023, it also applies to cooks.
The cook must:
- work at a Centre Based Day Care or Outside School Hours Care service
- have a child enrolled at a service where they work or that you own.
The discount does not affect an employee’s Child Care Subsidy (CCS) entitlement.
The measure aims to help providers attract and retain their early childhood workforce.