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Early Childhood Education

Term 1 - 2021 COVID-19 Free Preschool funding program for Approved Providers eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

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COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding Program - Term 1 Confirmation process

Program overview

The temporary COVID-19 free preschool funding program has been extended throughout 2021 to continue to support families with cost of living pressures and to support the ongoing provision of 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school.

Funding will be provided as a top up payment to replace a high proportion of estimated fee income. In turn, services are required to provide at least 15 hours of fee-free preschool per week for families. Free preschool should still be offered to any eligible children where their enrolment is less than 15 hours a week.

Start Strong funding and mobile preschool contract funding provided by the NSW Government and support provided under the Australian Government’s JobKeeper program will be taken into account before any additional funding support is provided.

Service eligibility will be determined and payments made based on responses provided in this confirmation form.

The JobKeeper payment scheme is changing for the period 4 January - 28 March 2021. You will need to consider the changes for JobKeeper payment scheme extension two and determine your eligibility for the updated JobKeeper scheme prior to completing the Term 1 confirmation process.

If you are unsure of your JobKeeper status under the updated arrangements you will need to resolve this prior to completing the Term 1 confirmation process.

Please refer to the program guidelines for additional information.

For support with this program, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Programs team on 1300 755 426 or