Did you know that grandparents are eligible for child care benefits, too? We have helped grandparents in the Perth area find child care benefits so they can send children to one of our Cuddles Childcare Centres.
Caring for grandchildren is a burden that many grandparents are happy to accept, but it can make them tired. In the natural order of things, we are supposed to be parents until our 40’s or so and then enjoy the “empty nest.” Parenting is a tough job for young people; it is even harder on grandparents.
How it Works
If you are a grandparent who is the primary caregiver for your grandchild, you may be eligible for child care benefits. If you are eligible, the Government will provide funding for up to 50 hours a week of child care at an approved child care centre. Here are the criteria.
You or your partner must be the biological, step or adoptive grandparent. You must have primary care of the grandchild, which means that you are the caregiver who provides for the largest part of the child’s daily living needs. You must also receive one of the following support payments:
Youth allowance, wife pension, widow B pension, widow allowance, special benefit, sickness allowance, service pension, partner allowance, parenting payment single, parenting payment partnered, newstart allowance, income support supplement, carer payment, bereavement allowance, Austudy payment, age pension or disability support pension, including disability support pension blind.
The first step is to be eligible for and claim Child Care Benefit.
You must use registered or approved child care, be the person who is responsible for paying child care fees and have immunised your grandchild.
We Can Help You
If you are a grandparent who is in need of child care in the Perth area, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre and talk to us. We know that living in Perth can be expensive. We know that every dollar means something. If you have any questions as to your eligibility, we may help you.