ECE services are funded directly per hour per child and can charge parents any amount they wish on top of the funding received by government.
Funding does not go to the child or parent. The ECE service can determine the hours of enrolment and when a child must attend in order to access it, along with the fees and additional charges it will require families to pay. The current funding system supports the use of non-parental childcare over childcare by parents and supporting parents to be involved with their child's education.
This page presents proposals for giving families more choice.
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Here’s how our membership plans work:
- Individual Membership plans can view both Individual member-only articles and our library of Research Journals (but not the ECE Service management article area). In addition, individual members can discuss and ask questions of fellow members any time through the online childcare and early childhood education practice, policy, and research discussion forum.
- Early Childhood Service plans can view ALL member articles: Individual, Research Journals and Early Childhood Service articles. Also on this membership plan members can access the online discussion forum for individual members AND the online ECE service management / business forum.
- Research Journal subscription plans can view our library of Research Journals and related research articles only
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