Update from OSCAR
From 1 April, the income thresholds and Childcare Assistance hourly rates for Childcare Subsidy and the Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) Subsidy will increase following a policy change by the Government. This change means more families will qualify for Childcare Assistance and qualify for a higher rate of Childcare Assistance from Monday 3 April 2023.
There is more information about these changes on our website: Childcare assistance available to more people
Attached is a summary of the new thresholds and rates, and a poster that promotes the new thresholds and encourages people to apply. Please share this with your parents and caregivers.
We are pleased to advise that with the expected increase in families applying for Childcare Assistance, we have expanded our Childcare Assistance processing teams. More staff have been in training since the start of the year and we have also been working hard to get our current processing queues down so we are prepared for the increased demand.
People that are not currently receiving Childcare Assistance and don’t have a client record, will need to go to their local Work and Income service centre to have one created. They will need to take their ID with them.
Alternatively, people can request a client number online: How to get a client number
Once people have their client number, they can follow the application steps on our website: Childcare Subsidy
Clients that do have a client record with Work and Income but are not currently receiving Childcare Assistance can apply:
Online: Childcare - Work and Income
Application forms can be emailed through to our processing team: Childcare_forms@msd.govt.nz
For existing clients who are already receiving Childcare Assistance (including Childcare Subsidy or OSCAR Subsidy), their Childcare Assistance will automatically be reviewed from Monday 3 April 2023. They don’t need to contact us unless they have a change in their personal circumstances. If you notice the client’s rate of payment hasn’t changed when you receive your Provider Payment Schedule from 3 April, please contact the Provider Team on 0800-776-843 or Childcareproviders@msd.govt.nz so we can follow this up.
Clients can contact us with any queries here
Website: Childcare - Work and Income
Email: Centralised_Childcare_Reviews@msd.govt.nz (client contact only)
Types of Childcare Assistance available
For information on all types of Childcare Assistance available from MSD visit Types of childcare assistance available
Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) - Supporting young parents
With the Annual General Adjustment (AGA) from 1 April 2023, the highest rate of Childcare Assistance increases to $6.10 an hour per child.
Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment (GCAP) is one form of the Childcare Assistance types we have available to help parents under the age of 20. We need to advise that the GCAP rate is not reviewed as part of the AGA. This means GCAP remains at $6 an hour, per child. As GCAP is assessed differently to Childcare Assistance, please note: our youth coaches will speak with clients to help them work out if remaining on GCAP or transferring to Childcare Assistance will best meet their needs.
More information: Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment
Early Learning Payment (ELP)
The Early Learning Payment helps pay the costs of Early Childhood Education of children aged 18 months to 3 years whose family is enrolled with Family Start. The ELP rates will increase to $9.09 an hour.
More information: Early Learning Payment
Please note, clients will get their ELP application from Family Start/Social worker. Clients need to be enrolled with Family Start before they can apply for ELP.
If you have any queries, please let me know or you can call our Childcare Assistance Provider team on 0800 776 843.
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