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COVID-19 information for early childhood teachers

Information for ECTS is changing rapidly and the IEU will update as we can.

 

At this stage both early education and care centres and community based preschools will remain open.

 

New information is in red below.

 

Financial Support for State Funded services

 

The Minister has announced via Twitter and Facebook on 24/3/20 that Start Strong Funding will be maintained for Community based preschools and mobile preschools for 2020 regardless of decline in enrolments. Funding contracts for mobile preschools extended to 2020. If a service is required to close on health grounds before the Term 1 holidays you can request additional funds. There is a webinar by the Department at 12.30 on this Friday.

 

Preschools should be eligible for assistance under the Boosting Cash Flow for Businesses measures announced here. No further detail available as yet.

 

Financial Support for services in receipt of CSS

 

Legislation to go through Parliament today to allow services to continue receiving CCS if closed and to allow families more allowable absences. Read more here. More information available after passage of legislation.

 

Services may be eligible for assistance under the Boosting Cash Flow for Businesses measures announced here.

 

Services can apply for funding under the Community Child Care Fund to cover reduced attendances, withdrawals etc. The IEU recommends services prioritise getting these applications in. You can apply for up to $10,000 without a budget or up to $50,000with one. The application form is here. All services are considered disadvantaged or vulnerable because of COVID-19.

 

Please be assured that the IEU is advocating that all funding provided to services must first go to paying employees.

 

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.