Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package four week review

Summary report 18 May 2020
Child care Early childhood education Child care assistance Australia

The Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Relief Package was announced on 2 April 2020 as a temporary measure to ensure the viability of the ECEC Sector and the continued provision of care for children of essential workers and vulnerable children (for the period 6 April to 28 June 2020).

The design of the Relief Package was limited by the urgency of a rapidly evolving health and economic situation and within the parameters of the existing legislation. The urgent implementation of the package was driven by the context of rapidly declining attendances and enrolments in most child care services across Australia, leading to significant falls in revenue from fees and the Child Care Subsidy, putting the immediate viability of many services at risk.

Main finding:

The Relief Package has succeeded in its objective of keeping services open and viable to provide early childhood education and care, with 99 per cent of around 13,400 services operational as of 8 May 2020.

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