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The department has developed an Addendum to the QKFS Funding Requirements 2018 which contains important information about the Australian Government’s new Child Care Package and the department’s expectations about providing written transition statements.

This Addendum is issued ahead of a more comprehensive review and reissue of the QKFS Funding Requirements in January 2019.

Child Care Subsidy

The introduction of the new Child Care Subsidy from 2 July will affect long day care services that receive Child Care Benefit payments for eligible families.

However, there is no change to the QKFS or the payment of QKFS subsidies at this point in time.

As you know, families must meet an activity test to be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy. Families who don’t meet the activity test, but have kindergarten-aged children, can still access 36 hours of subsidised care a fortnight (18 hours a week) for their child to attend a kindergarten program in an approved service.

Under this exemption, families on low incomes can still access the 15 hours of kindergarten a week to be eligible for subsidies under the QKFS.

Transition Statements

The department has strengthened its expectations about providing written transition statements to families.

To meet QKFS eligibility requirements and continue to receive QKFS subsidy funding, approved kindergarten program providers must give families a transition statement in November each year.

Families should be also be given a transition statement consent form to make it easier for the transition statement to be shared with the child’s new school.

More information

Services can download the Addendum from the department’s website.

Services can also call the Early Childhood Information Service on 13 QGOV or contact the Kindergarten Funding team on 3035 2244 or email qkfs.ldc@qed.qld.gov.au.