Playschool Fees

Important note about the childcare subsidy for Australians

The 2018  term 3 and 4 fees look higher than the term 1 and 2 fees because the the Australian Government is kindly introducing the Childcare Subsidy Scheme starting 02 July 2018.   Eligible families (ie the vast majority of families) will only pay 50% or less, of the fee amounts listed below.   In most cases, families will be significantly better off under the new scheme.  So,  for a family recieving a 50% subsidy, the fees will in practice be about $800 per term.  If you recieve the full 85% subsidy, you will in practice pay only about $240 per term!

More information about the childcare subsidy at GAP is here.

International visitors

International German-speaking visitors should enquire about our international visitor rates.  If your family is coming to Canberra on a posting or other international stay, and your child speaks German, we would love to accommodate you if we can.  (If you are moving to Australia, then you are no longer counted as a visitor.)

Daily or hourly fee calculations (Australian)

For Terms 1 and 2, our rates work out to be $62.25/day, or $9.96/hour.  For Terms 3 and 4, our rates are $79.45/day or $11.77/hour.  Afternoon movement classes are $22.50/session, or $26 for a one-off session.

From July 2018, we will be operating 48 weeks per year.  There are 4 terms of 10 weeks, and 4 school holiday fortnights.  Exact dates are below.

GAP Fees for 2018 (raw fees, without subsidy)

Mon/Tues

Term 1

inc $6 guest presenter; 2 public holidays: Mon 12 Mar and Mon 2 Apr.

Term 2

inc $7 guest presenter; 2 public holidays: Mon 28 May and Mon 11 June

Term 3

inc $7 guest presenter

 Term 4

inc $12 arboretum

GAP only
9:15*-3:30
(*8:45am start from Term 3)
$1,198.50 $1,199.50 $1252 at first, but in the end will total:

$1,596*
*see note about subsidy

$1,601*

*see note about subsidy

GAP plus
Afternoon Movement Class Tues to 5pm
$1,423.50 $1,424.50 $1477 at first, but in the end will total:

$1,821*
*see note about subsidy

$1,826*

*see note about subsidy

 

 

Thurs/Fri

Term 1

inc $5 botanic gardens; 1 public holiday Fri 30 Mar

Term 2

inc $12 Aboriginal guest presenters & $7 Frogwatch
& $7 Musician

Term 3

inc bus wash trip & $7 Musician

 Term 4

inc $12 arboretum

GAP only
9:15*-3:30
(*8:45am start from Term 3)
$1,223.75 $1,271 $1252 at first, but in the end will total:

$1,596*
*see note about subsidy

$1,601*

*see note about subsidy

GAP plus
Afternoon Movement Class Thurs to 5pm
$1,448.75 $1,496 $1477 at first, but in the end will total:

$1,821*
*see note about subsidy

$1,826*

*see note about subsidy

School holiday program

School holidays

Tuesday short day

8:45am to 3:30pm

$79.45 / day

 

Tuesday long day

8:45am to 5pm

$101.95 / day

Thursday short day

8:45am to 3:30pm

$79.45 / day

Thursday long day

8:45am to 5pm

$101.95 / day

NB: Fees are set by the committee and usually increase by CPI effective January each year.

If the fees are going to cause you hardship, please contact us on gap.treasurer@spielwelt.org.au.

Term fees are due the last Friday of the previous term (or three weeks before Term 1 starts).

There are 4 terms per year.  Term dates are the same as the ACT government schools dates.

2018 term dates:
Term 1:  Mon 5 Feb to Fri 13 April
Term 2: Mon 30 April to Fri 6 July
Term 3:  Mon 23 July to Fri 28 Sept
Term 3/4 holidays:  Tues 2, Thurs 4,  Tues 9 and Thurs 11 Oct.
Term 4:  Mon 15 Oct to Fri 21 Dec

2019 term dates:
Pre-Term 1:  Tues 22 Jan, Thurs 24 Jan, Tues 29 Jan, Thurs 31 Jan
Term 1:  Mon 4 Feb to Fri 12 April
Term 1/2 holidays:  Tues 16,  Thurs 18, Tues 23, (BUT NOT public holiday Thurs 25 April)
Term 2: Mon 29 April to Fri 5 July
Term 2/3 holidays:  Tues 9, Thurs 11, Tues 16, Thurs 19 July
Term 3:  Mon 22 July to Fri 27 Sept
Term 3/4 holidays:  Tues 1, Thurs 3,  Tues 8 and Thurs 10 Oct.
Term 4:  Mon 14 Oct to Fri 20 Dec

 

How do I pay?

From July 2018, you will only be paying the difference between your subsidy and the term fees.

Fees are payable by cheque, internet banking or direct deposit to:

Account Name: Spielwelt German Parents Association Inc.

BSB: 032778

Account: 276645   (this is the GAP term fee account – do not put fundraising money in here)

Westpac Bank

Reference: *GAPx child’s surname*   For example Ref: *GAP3 Schiller*   (where x is the number of the Term.  GAP3 is a payment for Term 3.)

*When paying your first term’s fees, remember to subtract $100 if you have already paid a deposit.

If you make a teller-assisted deposit, please let our treasurer know by email, otherwise we can’t tell whose payment it is.

If you have not paid your fees, you won’t be able to leave your child at the GAP without a parent/guardian.

We’re going to miss some sessions. Can we pay less?

The Spielwelt Partial Payment policy has information on short and long absences due to emergencies, illnesses and holidays, and is your first reference.  Please talk to our director for more information or assistance in calculating your fees.

Can I swap or add sessions?

Your child needs to be eligible to enrol in the session you want to swap to or add. Please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to swap or add sessions, as there are children on the waiting list eager for a place; plus it may take time to juggle these requests.

Can I add a one-off session on a day that my child doesn’t usually attend?

You can ring us to see if there is a spot available that day for your child (provided she/he is already enrolled, and meets the fluency requirements for the session you are adding for a day). If we can accommodate your request, we will. You pay for the extra session on a pro-rata rate.

 

Childcare Subsidy at GAP

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