COVID-19: What Victorian lockdown means for child care

On 27 May 2021 the Victorian Government announced a seven-day circuit breaker lockdown for all of Victoria. Restrictions start at 11:59pm 27 May and will run until 11:59pm 3 June.

Child care will remain open. Schools will close except for the children of authorised workers and vulnerable children.

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

Detailed information can be found on the Victorian Government’s COVID response website.

Action for providers

We are advising providers to take the following action:

  • Update your vacancy details in the Child Care Finder. Do this via the Provider Entry Point or your third-party software.
  • Update your contact details (particularly email addresses) in the Child Care Subsidy System so you don’t miss important information. Do this via the Provider Entry Point or through your third-party software.
  • Ask your families to maintain their enrolments. This will ensure their children receive continuity of care and early learning.

Support for families

Families can get Child Care Subsidy (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.

All children attending a Victorian service have an extra 45 days of allowable absences for the 2020–21 financial year. This measure was introduced in response to Victoria’s second wave lockdown in 2020.

The Additional Child Care Subsidy (temporary financial hardship) is available to support families experiencing temporary financial hardship.

Families looking for alternative child care options can visit Starting Blocks or Child Care Finder.