Playschool Fees

Important note about the childcare subsidy for Australians

The Australian Government has kindly introduced the Childcare Subsidy Scheme.   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)

Our rates are $79.45/day or $11.77/hour.  Afternoon movement classes are $22.50/session, or $26 for a one-off session.

We now operate 48 weeks per year.  There are 4 terms of 10 weeks, and 4 opt-in school holiday fortnights.  The dates are below.

How much do I need to pay?

Each family is liable for the full raw amount shown in the table below – HOWEVER, in many cases, the Australian government will pay a subsidy amount directly to the GAP, and so families can reduce the amount they themselves actually pay to the GAP.

If you know your subsidy rate, you can make a rough calculation of your term fees.

If you don’t know your subsidy rate, you need to pay 75% of the listed raw fees up front for the term, and once your subsidy payments start arriving at GAP, we can let you know what your adjusted payment amounts are.   Any overpayments are credited towards your future term fees.

If you know for sure that you will not qualify for the subsidy, then the full raw amount is due (and can be paid in two instalments, by negotiation with the treasurer: ).

GAP Fees for 2019 (raw fees, without subsidy)


Term 1

inc $6 guest presenter; 1 public holiday: Mon 11 Mar.

Term 2

2 public holidays: Mon 27 May and Mon 10 June

Term 3

inc $7 music presenter

 Term 4

inc $5 botanic gardens

GAP only
(*gates open 8:45am for drop off; school starts 9:15am)
$1551.55 $1502.10 $1596 $1594
GAP plus
Afternoon Movement Class Tues to 5pm
$1776.55 $1727.10 $1821 $1819


Term 1

inc $5 botanic gardens

Term 2

inc $12.50 aboriginal visit

Term 3

inc $6 Frogwatch
& $7 musician

 Term 4

inc $12 arboretum + $7 musician

GAP only
(*gates open 8:45am for drop off; school starts 9:15am)
$1594 $1601.50 $1602 $1608
GAP plus
Afternoon Movement Class Thurs to 5pm
$1819 $1826.50 $1827 $1833

School holiday program

School holidays

(*gates open 8:45am for drop off; arrive any time you like, it is a school holiday program)

 short day

8:45am to 3:30pm

$79.45 / day

long day

8:45am to 5pm

$101.95 / day

NB: The committee reserves the right to change the fees mid-year, giving parents three weeks’ notice. Fees usually increase by CPI effective January each year.

If the fees are going to cause you hardship, please contact us on

Term fees are due the last Friday of the previous term (or two weeks before your child starts).

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

2019 term dates:
Term 4:  Mon 14 Oct to Fri 20 Dec

2020 term dates:
January school holidays & intro sessions:  Mon 20 Jan, Fri 31 Jan
Term 1:  Mon 3 Feb to Thurs 9 April (Fri 10 April is Good Friday)
April school holidays*:  Tues 14,  Thurs 16, Tues 21, Thurs 23 April.
Term 2: Tues 28 April to Fri 3 July (Mon 27 April is ANZAC Day)
July school holidays*:  Tues 7, Thurs 9, Tues 14, Thurs 16 July
Term 3:  Mon 20 July to Fri 25 Sept
October school holidays*:  Tues 29 Sept, Thurs 1,  Tues 6 and Thurs 8 Oct.
Term 4:  Mon 12 Oct to Fri 18 Dec
Dec school holidays*:  Tues 22 and Thurs 24 Dec.
*Opt-in, and dates TBC.

How do I pay?

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

Account Name: Spielwelt German Parents Association

BSB: 032778

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

Westpac Bank

Reference format:  GAPx child’s surname   (where x is the number of the Term.   For example GAP3 Schilliger is a payment for Term 3 for Oskar Schilliger.

*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.

Fees must be paid in advance.  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

GAP Refund Policy