G8 Education, one of Australia’s largest early learning providers, has launched a new flexible hours model providing families at its 530 centres with quality early childhood education and care options to best suit their needs.
Aimed to support families to make the most out of the new Child Care Subsidy, the new model will consist of nine-hour, ten-hour and full day options with the one associated flat fee. Families will not be limited by start and finish times like other models from competitors and there will be no conditions around the minimum amount of flexible sessions they are able to use giving them the flexibility to choose one flexible session or five each week. And where possible, families will have their out of pocket child care expenses backdated.
“We know that with the difficult transition many of our families have been hurting financially and we are committed where possible to backdate flexible hours to support them to only pay for the hours they have used,” says G8 Education Managing Director Gary Carroll.
Mr Carroll says the model is fair and transparent and ensures families are not penalised by the reduction in subsidised hours of care implemented as part of this month’s child care reforms.
“We want to give families the freedom to choose which hours best suit their situation to help decrease their out of pocket early learning expenses and maximise their subsidised hours,” Mr Carroll says.
“There is quite a lot of complexity to the new funding structure and we didn’t want to add to it by having varying pricing levels or an associated fee increase depending on which hours families chose.”
The simple solution provides parents with transparency to know that they are selecting a quality early childhood education and care option that best suits their individual circumstances.
“We know there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to early childhood education and care,” Mr Carroll says.
“Our aim is to support families to make the most out of the new Child Care Subsidy and ensure all families have access to quality early learning options.”
How flexible hours are different from other sessional care models
- Families will not be limited by start and finish times.
- There are no conditions around the minimum days parents are able to access.
- There will be no penalties or fees if families stay later*, families’ hours will simply be adjusted for that day.
- The model means centre fees stay the same and G8 Education receives no additional revenue. G8 Education’s flexible hours model is available at all centres now.
For more information on Flexible Hours, watch the video below or visit https://flexiblehours.com.au/
*Permitted within centre’s normal operating hours.