Childcare Subsidy and cohort entry schools

If you're getting Childcare Subsidy and your child will be going to a cohort entry school, you need to tell us what date they start.

A cohort entry school is a school where all new entrants start together on a set date after they turn 5. This could be at the beginning of the term or on the mid-term date.

If you're not sure when new entrants start at your child's school, check with the school.

  • Child is not going to a cohort entry school

    You don't need to do anything. Your Childcare Subsidy will be paid up until your child turns 5.

    If they can't start school straight away, we may be able to pay for an extra 4 weeks of childcare.

  • Child is going to a cohort entry school

    You need to complete the 'Cohort entry school start date' form to tell us what date your child starts school. This is so we can keep paying your Childcare Subsidy until they start.

    What you'll need

    You'll need the following information to complete this form:

    • your:
      • client number (you can find this on your Community Services Card or on letters you've received from us)
      • full name
      • date of birth
      • contact number
    • for the child turning 5 who you're getting Childcare Subsidy for:
      • full name
      • date of birth
      • name and location of school
      • school start date.

    You can enter details for up to 4 children using this form.

    We may contact you if we need more information.

    If a child has left your care, don't complete the form for them, please call us.

    Make sure you read all the instructions on the form.

    Have any questions or made a mistake?

    Call us if you:

      • have any questions
      • think you've made a mistake on a form you've submitted
      • have had a change of circumstances since you completed the form.
  • Getting Child Disability Allowance

    If you get Child Disability Allowance for your child and they're not starting school yet, please call us. We may be able to keep paying your Childcare Subsidy until they start school - until they turn 6.