Kindy fees vary depending on the service and are determined based on numerous factors such as location, age groups of children, length of time which care is provided, staffing and service inclusions.
The Queensland Government's Department of Education provides funding through the Queensland Kindergarten Funding Scheme (QKFS) to assist services with the cost of implementing and delivering an approved kindergarten program. The funding, consisting of various subsidies (with specific criteria for which the funding must be used for and/or how it is to be applied), is based on the individual circumstances of the service and the enrolled children/families.
Contact your preferred kindy for details about their fee structure, including application of the various subsidies, such as the QKFS Plus Kindy Support Subsidy (QKFS Plus) for eligible families. You may wish to ask the service what subsidies are available to you and how this affects your individual fees.
QKFS Plus assists services in providing low or no cost kindy to eligible families, including foster families, who:
- hold a current Australian Government Health Care Card (HCC) (or have a child who does)
- 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 HCC
- have evidence of formal foster or kinship care arrangements
- are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (or have a child who is)
- 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
- 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.
QKFS Plus is a set quarterly amount provided directly to your service provider. The full amount must be used to reduce your out-of-pocket expenses, no matter the number of days/weeks your child was at the service (unless all out-of-pocket expenses have been met). It can only be claimed once per quarter by the service, even if you meet multiple criteria. An example of the application of QKFS Plus is contained on page 4 of the
eligibility and subsidies information sheet.
In addition, depending on the location, the service may also receive a low-socio economic subsidy based on Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). This subsidy must be used to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for all families with eligible children participating in an approved kindergarten program.
Families of children participating in a kindy program in a long day care setting may also be eligible for the Commonwealth Government Child Care Subsidy. Information about eligibility for these Commonwealth Government subsidies is available from Centrelink.
Children in foster or kinship care may also access additional subsidies. Contact your kindy service provider and then the Child Safety Service Centre for more information.