The price range that parents need to pay for pre-school in Australia is between $45 and $80 per day, although the rates may be more or less expensive depending on where you live in the country.
If you live in Victoria, the price of a Tootgarook pre-school could be less expensive than a similar facility in Melbourne. The state provides free or low-cost kindergarten for eligible children as well. Lyndel Childcare Centre shares more information about the early childhood education system in this area in Australia.
Subsidized Education in Victoria
Children may qualify for a kindergarten fee subsidy if they meet certain guidelines. Some of the eligibility requirements include those who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people; and being born as part of triplets or more.
Parents with a Commonwealth Health Care Card or a Commonwealth Pensioner Concession Card can also apply for subsidies for their children. On the other hand, the Early Start Kindergarten extension grant applies to children that are not qualified for the kindergarten fee subsidy. This is available for students who joined the Access to Early Learning programme in the prior school year or have no previous grants.
Other Child Care Services
If you think your child is too young for pre-school, there are other forms of child care services available in the country. For instance, a family day care may cost between $7.50 and $16.80 per hour. Fees vary based on the service and your location.
Parents who look for live-in nannies may spend between $17 and $25 per hour. Otherwise, it costs between $17 and $35 per hour plus an agency fee. Babysitters charge the same rates from $15 to $35 per hour plus an agency fee.
The Australian government does not regulate the cost of child care services in the country, so you can expect to see different rates. When choosing a pre-school for your child, consider one that is licenced by the Department of Human Services.