There are childcare subsidies available for families with children attending childcare facilities. It is designed to ensure that all families can afford quality childcare. It could be that you are entitled to a subsidy, which would reduce your fees considerably. Please feel free to ask about this subsidy.
It is important to note that WINZ only pay for the hours that a child attends the pre-school, not the booked time, so you will need to be aware that any extra fees incurred and not covered by your subsidy will be recovered through parent fees.
It is your responsibility to make sure that childcare subsidy renewals and changes in circumstances i.e. hours booked or income levels are notified directly to WINZ. To be eligible, all families must register with Work and Income New Zealand and then complete the appropriate forms which both Burnham Country Montessori Director or Supervisor and the parent will need to complete before lodging with Work and Income. Following this assessment the centre will receive an assessment notice for each eligible family. From here, the centre Director will be able to work out each family’s fee.
It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that fee assessments are current at all times.
You can find out more information about subsidies by going to workingforfamilies.govt.nz/childcare-assistance/