ELC long day care FAQs
What hours does the Centre operate? During term time, the Centre operates 9am to 2.30pm for ELC3 and 8.45am to 2.45pm for ELC4. The long day care hours of operation are 7.30am to 6pm during both term and holiday periods.
Can my son attend the holiday program only? No. Attendance in the term-time program is compulsory, regardless of the optional long day and holiday programs.
What will be the start date for 2018? The 48-week program will start on Monday 15 January. The 38-week, term-time only program will start on Thursday 1 February.
Can I use the Centre for casual bookings? No. Enrolment in the ELC programs is for the year and is subject to an interview and offer process.
Can I pay my fees fortnightly? No. All fees are payable one term in advance. This is calculated on the number of days the ELC is open during the term.
Can I pay my fees net of any rebate? No. The fees need to be billed before any rebate is applied, as a result of individual circumstances.
Does my rebate come to me or the ELC? From January to June 2018, the rebate will be paid to the family. Forthcoming changes in government policy mean that from 1 July 2018, the rebate will be paid directly to the ELC. Any rebates received directly by the School will be adjusted against the next term’s fee statement.
How does the rebate affect non-resident and international families? All families are responsible for determining their eligibility for these rebates, benefits and subsidies. Please refer to www.humanservices.gov.au/ for more information.
Can I change options throughout the year? Yes. Any variations in the hours required should be made in writing to the Director of ELC. Notice of a decrease in hours must be given one term in advance. Notice of an increase in hours can be made at any time with a pro-rata adjustment for fees. An increase in hours may take a week or two to come into effect.
Does my son need to attend a certain number of hours/days a week to receive the rebate? The term-time program is compulsory. The rebate will depend on a number of factors, including the work/study hours of the parent, family income, etc. Families are responsible for determining their eligibility for these rebates.
Do we still pay the daily rate even if we don’t attend? Yes. However, this is an authorised absence and you will still be eligible for any childcare benefit that you would otherwise receive for that day.
How many absences can my child have? Attendances and absences are recorded in accordance with the guidelines set out by the Department of Education and Training. This is currently set at 42 days but does not include public holidays or Centre close-down days.
If my child has a doctor’s certificate, is this still recorded as an absence? Yes
When do the public holidays fall? These are the gazetted public holidays for Melbourne and will be published on the BGS website. The ELC will not be open and fees will not be charged for these days.
Will the ELC be open on BGS student-free days? The ELC will be open for long day care students but will be closed for term-time students on these days.
If a child is repeating ELC3, do they need to select a certain option? Yes. They will need to attend the 5-days per week program; this should be discussed with the Director of ELC.
Is the school limiting part-time places in ELC3? Yes.
Will staff be new to the boys during the holiday program? We will aim for staff to be consistent throughout both term-time and holiday programs.
Does my son need to wear a uniform? All students are required to wear the ELC uniform during term time. Uniforms will not be worn during the holiday program.
Will my son receive snacks as part of the long day program? Yes. All boys enrolled in the long day program who arrive before 8am will receive breakfast. Fees also include afternoon tea for all children attending the long day program.
What days does the part-time ELC3 program run? Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.