The National Catholic Education Commission says the Morrison Government’s decision to expand a supplementary payment for early education and care services would support Catholic school families during the pandemic.
The NCEC welcomed the announcement yesterday that the Exceptional Circumstance Supplementary Payment would be available to support early childhood education and care services that are not eligible for the JobKeeper payment
The supplementary payment applies to eligible early childhood and care services associated with non-government schools, that have experienced increased demand, were not operating during the reference period, or have seen a significant decrease in attendance from the April 6.
“The Catholic education sector operates about 250 early childhood centres educating nearly 5,000 children, as well offering before and after school care and vacation care to families at many Catholic schools across Australia,” NCEC executive director Jacinta Collins said.
“During the restrictions, many services have seen fluctuations in attendance and demand resulting in significant financial challenges.
“This supplementary payment for services, that are not eligible for JobKeeper, will ensure that the service can continue during this uncertain period.
“I’m sure this announcement will bring great relief to the operators and staff of these services, as well as the families that rely on them for early learning and out of school hours care.”