Kindergarten is a wondrous year for children and families. It is a rewarding and fundamental stepping stone for every child in the year leading up to starting school. It allows the opportunity for children to flourish, learn and grow to their full potential while extending on play and learning in ways that are meaningful to them.
At C&K, we are proudly supported by the Queensland Government's kindergarten funding program to deliver our quality kindergarten program.
What are my kindergarten fees?
Kindergarten fees for C&K Branch Centres are set by each centre and are available to view on the centre's web page. Fees are updated every year in December for the following year.
Queensland Kindergarten Funding Program
From 1 January 2023, the Queensland Government is introducing a new kindergarten funding program to make kindy more affordable and help ease the cost-of-living pressures. The program will replace the existing Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme and enable more Queensland children to enjoy the lifelong benefits of participating in quality, affordable and inclusive kindy programs. The program provides subsidies that deliver eligible families savings on their kindy fees, and for some, it could be free.
From 1 January 2024, kindergarten will be free for all eligible Queensland children attending a C&K centre. Please see more information about Free Kindy in 2024 here.
What are the subsidies available?
Subsidies are funded by the Queensland and Australian governments. All children of eligible age (turning at least 4 by June 30 in the year they attend kindy) will save $1,500 per year on their kindergarten fees.
Kindy Plus Subsidy
Families with one or more of the following may be eligible for Kindy Plus or fee-free kindy:
- hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC)
- hold a current Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card (automatic HCC entitlements)
- hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Gold Card or White Card
- have formal communication, such as a letter, from the relevant agency stating the intent to issue a Health Care Card
- have evidence of formal foster or kinship care arrangements
- have three or more children, of the same age, enrolled in the same year
- have a child who is identified as living in a formal child protection out-of-home-care arrangement
- identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- are a family and child who have entered Australia under the Australian Government's Refugee and Humanitarian Program, or is in the process of seeking asylum and holds a temporary visa.
Kindy Plus also includes a Temporary Financial Hardship category, which families can apply for if unforeseen circumstances impact them financially. We encourage you to contact your C&K centre for more information about this category.
Family Tax Benefit Subsidy
Families eligible for Family Tax Benefit A or B in the 2021-2022 financial year may be eligible to receive a subsidy of $3,544 per year.
To provide evidence for your claim for the FTB subsidy, please provide one of the following documents:
a reconciliation statement from Services Australia About your Family Tax Benefit' letter for the previous financial year your child is enrolled in kindy
a recent income statement issued by Services Australia that shows payment of FTB
a screenshot from your MyGov app with payment dates for FTB in the same financial year a child is enrolled in kindy, or
a copy of a recent bank statement that shows receipt of Family Assistance payments from Services Australia or Centrelink.
Quick tip: If your Child Care Subsidy percentage is greater than or equal to 65%, you are eligible to receive the Kindy FTB subsidy.
C&K is a not-for-profit early childhood education and care provider, and we are committed to maximising family access to available subsidies.
We encourage you to contact your C&K centre directly for more information to discuss your child and your family's situation. Depending on your family circumstances, other subsidies may be available to you, and C&K can support you in accessing these.
Subsidy for Kindergartens with Extended Hours
The subsidy amount you receive depends on the type of kindergarten centre your child attends. The subsidy amount may differ if your child attends a C&K Kindergarten with Extended Hours.
How are the subsidies applied to my kindergarten fees?
You will need to show proof of your eligibility when you enrol, which will differ depending on the subsidy you are eligible for.
C&K will apply the subsidy and calculate your reduced standard daily fee when you enrol. You will only pay any out-of-pocket fees.
If your child attends more than one centre (for example, in a childcare centre or another kindergarten), you can only claim the subsidy at one of them. You will need to inform us at enrolment which centre you choose to claim the subsidy.
What if I want my 3 year old to go to kindergarten?
The subsidies do not apply for 3 year old children so their kindergarten fees are different. If there are places available, we are happy to have 3 year old children at kindy and attend for 2 years.
We encourage you to contact your C&K centre directly for more information on fees for 3 year olds and to discuss your child and your family's situation.
What if I have more questions about fees or the subsidies available?
You can read more about C&K's fee policy here.
Explore our Kindergarten Fees Frequently Asked Questions