There are childcare subsidies available for families with children attending childcare facilities. It is designed to ensure that all families can afford quality childcare.
It could be that you are entitled to a subsidy, which would reduce your fees considerably. Please feel free to ask about this subsidy. It is your responsibility to make sure that childcare subsidy renewals and changes in circumstances, ie: hours booked or income levels, are notified directly to WINZ. To be eligible, all families must register with Work and Income New Zealand and complete the appropriate forms, which both Whippersnappers Director or Supervisor and the parent need to complete, which are then lodged with Work and Income. Following this assessment the centre will receive an assessment notice for each eligible family.
If you qualify for a WINZ childcare subsidy, a payment of 100% of the full fee amount will be payable until the subsidy is approved by WINZ. Any payments made in excess of the WINZ subsidy will be credited to your account. In the event of your child not attending for the hours you have enrolled for, and subsequently WINZ not paying for theses hours, you will be required to pay the fees incurred for the hours not attended.
It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that fee assessments are current at all times.
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