How switching to flexible childcare hours can save you money

Kinderling News & Features

Working with two kids in childcare can be challenging sometimes. It's a constant balancing act between the hours of care you need and how you're going to pay for them.

Under the past system I didn’t think much about the number of hours our boys spent at daycare each week, but with the Government's new Child Care Subsidy capped at 100 hours every fortnight, it's now crucial to make those hours count and stretch that subsidy as far as possible.

Get the most out of your subsidy

Enter the Flexible Hours website, a program recently launched by G8 Education to help parents find the childcare options that best work for their family. It lists their childcare centres that offer shorter day options (like nine or ten hours), so you can save money AND only use your subsidy on hours your child is actually there - rather than the standard full day. 

Not only does this give parents valuable flexibility, it also means more money in your back pocket. Like possibly hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on your individual needs and circumstances. 

G8 Education Managing Director, Gary Carroll recently told the Daily Mail: "We know there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to early childhood education and care ... 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."

Also, no more late fees!

Of course, as with anything related to your children’s schedules, you know that as soon as you switch over to a new system, something is bound to go wrong, right? You’ll suddenly be asked to cover a last-minute project at work, or the meeting will run over.

Fear not! The Flexible Hours System still covers you. If you’ve opted for a 9-hour day, you get a 30-minute grace period. And if you have a 10-hour day, that goes up to one hour. And for the rare times you exceed those time limits, you will never get a financial penalty - but your attended hours will be adjusted.

Sounds good to me! If there’s anything us working parents need from our daycare centres now, it’s flexibility.

If only there was a flexible hours system for extra sleep. Sigh.

This post is brought to you by the Flexible Hours website. Find the childcare centres that make your subsidy go further and make the switch today.