Our Fees, Child Care Subsidy And Session Hours

We understand that each family has different circumstances.

When it comes to sending your child to day care many parents may feel limited with what options are readily available. At My Cubby House Early Learning, we provide a range of options so you can find something that will suit your families lifestyle. You may also be eligible for the Government Child Care Subsidy to make your child’s care more affordable.

Our Fees

Our centre fees are as follows (effective 8th July 2024):

ProgramLullaby Lane
Huggable Hills
Bravehearts Boulevard
Adventurers Alley
Kindergarten Crossing
Daily Rate$140$140$135$132$132
5 Day Weekly Rate ( -5% Discount)$665.00 –
$665.00 –
$641.25 –
$627.00 –
$627.00 –

Fee Information

$50 per child, non-refundable enrolment fee. $100 fee for short-term booking.

All fees must be paid one week in advance and are payable for ALL days booked, including any absences due to illness, holidays * & Public

*Each family is entitled to 2 weeks’ holiday at 50% fees per financial year

We are open 52 weeks per year, and closed on Public holidays only.

Daily Sessions Available:

  • 12 Hour Session = Mon – Fri. 6.30am to 6.30pm. Full fees apply. (Late pick up will incur additional charges – please refer to our Fee Policy).
  • 10 Hour Session = Mon – Fri. 7.30am to 5.30pm.
  • 9 Hour Session = Mon – Fri. 8am to 5pm
  • 6 Hour Session = Mon & Fri Only. 9am to 3pm or 10am to 4pm. Offered at Reduced Rate of $100

Exceeding your chosen session hours may affect your CCS payments. You will be liable for full fees on any hours attended above your fortnightly allocation of subsided hours and Centrelink may even withhold all subsidies whilst investigating any constant discrepancies between your chosen session hours to your actual attendance.

Incursion Fees:

Please see event calendar for events that incur additional costs. Kindergarten Crossing rooms excluded.

Included In Your Fees:

  • Nutritious meals prepared daily at the centre using fresh ingredients (Morning tea, Lunch & Afternoon Tea).
  • Cot sheets, Nappies and Wipes (0-2yrs).

Extra-Curricular Programs: (*Included in daily fee*)

ProgramLullaby Lane
1 & 2
Huggable Hills
1 & 2
Bravehearts Boulevard 1Bravehearts Boulevard 2Adventurers AlleyKindergarten Crossing 1Kindergarten Crossing 2
Language Lesson*WedWedWedWedWedWedWed
Music with Mr J*FriFriFriFriFriFriFri


(QKF funded)*

Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Every 2nd


Happy Feet (Additional Cost)Tue 3pmTue 3pmTue 3pmTue 3pmTue 3pmTue 3pmTue 3pm
(Additional Cost)
Swiming (QKF funded)* 2 weeks’ notice required 

Tue Term 2

10 weeks

Tue Term 2

10 weeks

Queensland Kindergarten Funding – ‘Free Kindy’ – For Children in Kindergarten Crossing

Families who are eligible for the Queensland kindergarten funding may be entitled to fee discounts.

Child Eligibility Criteria:

  • At least for 4yrs of age by June 30 in the year commencing kindergarten.
  • Must attend and approved kindergarten Program for a minimum of 15 hours a week.
  • DOCUMENTATIONS REQUIRED – Please attach a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate or Passport, Statutory Declaration or Government issued letter verifying your child’s date of birth.

Families can only be eligible for either FTB or Kindy plus.

All eligible children enrolled will be eligible for the $3 daily discount.

FREE KINDY 2024 – 15 Hours a week 
Kindergarten Program Details Days: Monday – Friday
Hours: 8am – 4:00pm
40 weeks – School Terms Only
Total daily/term/annual fee (cost of the program before the subsidies are applied) Daily Fee: $132 
Inclusions in the total daily rate: (list inclusions, e.g., food, sunscreen) All Meals
Incursions – Please see Events Calendar for all incursions
Extracurricular programs
Additional Programs: Swimming Program – Term 2 only
Sustainability @ MCH – Little Garden growers – All Terms
Language Lessons – Spanish 2024
Music time @MCH
Nature play @ MCH – Term 3 only
ATSI Incursion Program – Uncle Boomerang – All Terms
Enrolment conditions: (list commitment required of child to participate in the program) Kindy Enrolment form
Birth Certificate
Funding Eligibility
Early Childhood Teachers Ms Teresa Brosas – Bachelor of Education (Primary & Early Childhood Education)
Rachel Montgomery – Working Towards Bachelor of Education (ECE)
Nikki Simiana – Bachelor of Education (ECE)
Lynn Gu – Working Towards Bachelor of Education (ECE)
Incursions and Excursion Fees. All-inclusive in daily fees and funded by Queensland Kindergarten Funding. Please see Events Calendar for further details & Schedule.

FREE KINDY Conditions:

As part of your ongoing enrolment, your booked days outside of the term dates are not eligible for kindergarten funding and as such your normal gap fee after Childcare Subsidy (CCS) is payable for these days. You are responsible for all gap fees outside of the 15hrs of kindergarten funding over 40wks of the year. If there is a change in your CCS eligibility, % or hours, this will be reflected in fees and backdated to the applicable date.

If parents are eligible for additional funding this will be applied on a weekly basis and will reduce the out-of-pocket expenses each week for eligible families.

Child Care Subsidy (CCS)

Who can get CCS?

Families must meet eligibility criteria to get CCS.

Parents must:

  • care for their child at least 2 nights per fortnight or have 14% share of care
  • be liable for child care fees at an approved early childhood education care service
  • meet residency requirements.

Their child must:

  • meet immunisation requirements
  • not be attending secondary school (unless an exemption applies)
  • be 13 or under (except in certain circumstances).

If a child doesn’t attend a session of care at least once in 26 consecutive weeks, they will stop being eligible for CCS. If a child starts to attend care again, a family can make a new claim for CCS.

Families can learn more about eligibility for CCS on the Services Australia website.

How much CCS can a family get?

The amount of CCS a family can get depends on their circumstances.

Family income

Services Australia works out a family’s CCS percentage based on their family income estimate.

A family’s CCS percentage is the amount the government will subsidise. It will apply to the hourly fee or the relevant hourly rate cap, whichever is lower.

CCS rates 2024-25
Combined Family IncomeSubsidy received as a % of fee charged (up to hourly rate cap)
$0 to $83,28090%
More than $83,280 to below $533,280Decreasing from 90% . The percentage decreases by 1% for every $5,000 of income a family earns
$533,280 or more0%


Families can learn more about how their income affects CCS on the Services Australia website.

Number of children in care

Families with more than one child aged 5 or under in care may get a higher subsidy for their second child and younger children. Siblings do not need to attend the same service to get the higher subsidy.

The rates for each child are worked out using two separate income tests.

The ‘standard rate child’ is usually the eldest CCS eligible child aged 5 or under. The standard rate child will get the standard CCS rates.

The ‘higher rate child’ is the second and any younger children aged 5 or under. The higher rate for second and younger children is calculated using the rates for second and younger children.

The higher subsidy for second and younger children ends when a family earns $362,408 or more.

Rates for second and younger children 2024-25
Family incomeSecond and younger children subsidy rate
$0 to $141,32195%
More than $141,321 to below $186,321Decreasing from 95%The percentage decreases by 1% for every $3,000 of income a family earns
$186,321 to below $265,61180%
$265,611 to below $355,611

Decreasing from 80%The percentage decreases by 1% for every $3,000 of income a family earns

$355,611 to below $365,61150%
$365,611 or moreHigher CCS rates no longer apply, all children in the family will receive the standard CCS rate


Combined families are where both members of a couple get CCS for different children in their family. Services Australia counts all CCS-eligible children in a combined family when determining entitlement to the higher rate for second and younger children.  

In Home Care (IHC) sessions do not attract the higher subsidy. This is because IHC is subsidised per family, rather than per child.

Children who are entitled to both the higher subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS) will be paid the ACCS rate. 

Families can learn more about how the number of children in care affects CCS on the Services Australia website.


Activity level

The hours of subsidised care a family can get each fortnight depends on their activity level. The higher the level of activity, the more hours of subsidised care families can get.

Services Australia looks at both parents’ activity level. They use the parent with the lower activity level to determine a family’s hours of subsidised care.

Families need to do a recognised activity to get CCS. Exemptions apply for parents who cannot meet activity test requirements.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children

Families can get at least 36 hours of subsidised care per fortnight for each Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care. This is regardless of their family’s activity level.

Families should tell Services Australia that they have an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child in their care if they would like to get at least 36 hours of subsidised care.

Families can call Services Australia on the Centrelink families line to let them know a child in their care is an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. It is voluntary to tell Services Australia this.

Families may get more than 36 hours of CCS per fortnight based on their circumstances and the amount of recognised activity they do.

Families do not need to do anything if they already get more than 36 hours of subsidy based on their circumstances.

Families must still pay the gap fee.

Learn more about the activity test for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children.

Activity levels 2024-25
Hours of activity each fortnightHours of subsidised care, per child, each fortnight
Less than 8 hours0 hours if you earn above $83,280
24 hours if you earn $83,280 or below36 hours – Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child, regardless of family activity
8 hours to 16 hours8 hours to 16 hours
More than 16 hours to 48 hoursMore than 16 hours to 48 hours
More than 48 hours100 hours

Families can learn more about how their activity level affects CCS on the Services Australia website.

Care type

The amount of CCS a family can get depends on the type of care they use.

A family’s CCS percentage will apply to the lowest of either:

  • the hourly rate cap
  • the hourly fee you charge at your service.

The Australian Government does not set early childhood education and care fees or require services to charge on an hourly basis. The hourly rate caps are a guide for providers and families about what a ‘high fee’ might be.

2024–25 hourly rate caps
Care typeHourly rate cap for children below school ageHourly rate cap for school-age children
Centre Based Day Care$14.29$12.51
Outside School Hours Care$14.29$14.29
Family Day Care$13.24$13.24
In Home Care (per family)$38.87$38.87

Shared care

If a child’s parents are separated, both parents may be eligible for CCS if they:

  • share care responsibilities, and
  • are each liable for child care fees.

Each parent must lodge their own CCS claim. They will each need to meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

The amount of CCS each parent can get will depend on their income and activity level as outlined above. Where a parent has re-partnered, their partner’s income and activity level will also be taken into account.

Combined families, with children from a current and previous relationship, are counted as a single family unit when determining entitlement to the higher rate for second and younger children.

Separated parents can find more information on the Services Australia website.

You must establish a separate care arrangement and enrolment notice for each parent. Learn more about enrolments.

You must identify which parent is responsible for each session of care in your session reports. Learn more about session reports.

Families can get CCS when their child is absent from care for up to 42 days per child, per financial year. The absence count is allocated per child, not to each individual parent. Learn more about absences.

Want to know more about our fees?

If you need some more guidance or would just prefer to speak to us directly about how the CCS changes will affect your family, please don’t hesitate to come into our centre or call us on 5527 1679. Our director, Catherine, and her friendly team are more than happy to assist with identifying the best option for your family’s specific circumstances.

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