COVID-19 in WA: What lockdown means for child care

The Western Australian Government has announced a minimum 4-day lockdown period for Perth and Peel starting 12:01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021. Details can be found on the WA Government’s COVID-19 website.

During the lockdown schools and child care remain open.

At this stage there is no change to fee charging and or absences in relation to the lockdown. If Child Care Subsidy (CCS) is being claimed by services, families are liable to pay the gap fee.

Services directed to close by a local authority because of COVID-19 can waive gap fees until 31 December 2021. 

Families can get CCS when their child is absent from a session of care they would normally attend for up to 42 days per financial year. These absences can be used for any reason.

Families should maintain their enrolments to ensure continuity of care and early learning for children. 

We are monitoring the situation and will work closely with the WA Government and peak organisations from the sector as the situation evolves.