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What are grace periods?

What are grace periods?

Grace periods are and extended period of funding that families could receive if they fall out of eligibility for the Working Parent Entitlements. The table below outlines the parameters of grace periods.

Grace Periods
Date Parent receives ineligible decisionGrace period end date
1 January – 10 February 31 March
11 February – 31 March 31 August
1 April – 26 May 31 August
27 May – 31 August 31 December
1 September – 21 October 31 December
22 October – 31 December 31 March

Once the grace period has ended for 3 and 4 years, they will still be able to access the Universal Entitlement. Children aged 9 months to 2 years accessing the Working Parent Entitlements but who fall out of eligibility, will mean parents will have to pay for their childcare but can review if they could receive other support for childcare costs at Childcare choices

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