My Family Lounge – 2020 On Line Transition

Thank you to all our families that have completed the on line transition over the past 6 months which was in place of the 2019 re-enrolment process.  By doing this you are now linked to our “My Family Lounge” portal and going forward will not need to re-enrol at the end of each year. For any change of details you simply log onto either the portal or your smart phone and update them directly yourself.

As you can imagine, we have over 1650 families enrolled with KT OOSH and the manual process of ensuring the on-line transition is correct will take several months.  The admin team have been working through these since November 2019 and will continue to do so with us anticipating we should all transitioned by the end of Term 2 2020.

Please note: You will know when your documentation is finalised as the $5.00 administration fee that applied for your 2019 re-enrolment/on-line transition process will be charged to your account.

Thank you for your patience with this process but we do note it is a very user friendly and great system with no need to re-enrol each year going forward.

Non Notification Charges

Due to all the confusion and uncertainly over the past three weeks, all Non Notification Charges have been waived effective from Monday 23rd March 2020 -> Thursday 9th April 2020.

Effective from Term 2 however, this policy WILL again apply as it is essential we are aware of absences prior to sessions commencing for those families still with children attending.  We need to ensure we are accounting for every child that is noted as attending.

If you have previously arranged for your child to attend the service and they will be absent, please ensure you mark them absent via your “My Family Lounge” app on your smart phone.  Refer to our website under FAQ on hos to do this if you are unsure.

By knowing absences in advance as well, this will greatly assist with staffing levels and projections for activities etc

NEW- Priority of Access Policy

We have been obligated to create a COVID-19 “Priority of Access Centre Policy” whilst the government have released the temporary child care scheme effective from Monday 6th April 2020 to Sunday 28th June 2020.

This policy is to ensure as a centre we are prioritising families requiring care as well as maintaining education:child ratios and space available in each centre to maintain distancing measures where practical.

Please click on the link below to view the COVID-19 “Priority of Access Policy”

Priority of Access Policy

Head Office

For those families that have tried calling Head Office our phone system has been turned over to record a message instead.  The best form of communication is via your centre email.

KT OOSH – Ironbark Ridge Public School

KT OOSH – Rouse Hill Anglican College

KT OOSH – Our Lady of the Angels Primary School

Our Head Office Staff, Nominated Supervisors and Educational Leaders have all been working remotely since Tuesday 17th March 2020 when we could see the COVID-19 Virus escalating and will continue to do so until further notice.

Please be aware however that they will be working limited office hours.

Obligations for Reporting of COVID-19

As KT OOSH Services is a licensed Childcare, we are obligated to ensure any infectious diseases that relates to an employee or child enrolled with the service are reported to NSW Health as well as our Regulatory Authority.

In regards to the current pandemic being COVID-19 Virus, this requirement extends to any immediate family member or if the child/family has been in contact with a person known to have contracted the COVID-19 Virus.

Any positive cases MUST be reported to KT OOSH Services as well as your School immediately and a doctors clearance is required prior to the employee or child/family returning to the centre.

Additional COVID-19 cleaning processes have been implemented into our services to ensure it is a safe and healthy environment for all to attend.

Fees Paid for care past 6th April 2020

All deductions last week for care effective Monday 6th April 2020 onward will be credited back to your accounts.

If your account was up to date prior to the deduction on Wednesday 1st April 2020 then this amount will be reflected as a credit on your account.

If there has been any Centrelink adjustments been made Wednesday 1st April 2020 or you had money owing on your account then the credit placed back on your account will go towards the outstanding debt first and the remainder appearing as a credit on your account.

Credits will remain on accounts to go towards future fees when school returns to normal unless you have cancelled and closed your account in full with KT OOSH Services.

All families will receive their fortnightly statement of entitlement next week as normal showing where their accounts are up to so you are aware of your account balance.  Please refer to the back transaction pages for detailed reference should you need clarity on your account balance.


Changes to Childcare Fees and Enrolment Positions

Firstly a huge thank you to the families that are helping to “flatten the curve” by keeping their children at home.  We ask that for Term 2 you continue to do this to help “keep that curve flatten” unless we are instructed otherwise by NSW Health.

Whether you attend KT OOSH or not during Term 2, your permanent days/sessions will remain secure and no Child Care Fee will apply for both attendees and non attendees.

Effective from Monday 6th April 2020 child care fees have been removed and not payable for all current families with a permanent/confirmed placement for either BSC, ASC & Vacation Care.  If you are still enrolled with the service and maintaining your permanent schedule then childcare fees will not be payable up to and including 28th June 2020 at this point.

For any families that moved their permanent bookings to casual the government has allowed us to make these families a priority so you can email us to advise you would like to move back onto your previous schedule noting the days/sessions you would like to re-instate.  Any family Bonds deducted also due to moving to casual will be credited back to your account.  Please, do not ask to have your previous bookings re-instated if you will not be needing them when school resumes to normal. Be mindful of families that desperately need care.

Please Note: Additional days/sessions will not be approved unless you meet the “Priority of Access Centre Policy” and will be using the service Term 2 2020 as we are now working on reduced staffing numbers and must maintain our educator:child ratios as well as ensure adequate space is available for distancing measures where practical.  All wait-list parents will be contacted and assessed over the coming month to advise of placement or movement within the wait-list.

Please note in line with the waiving of childcare fees for the families your absences will not come into play as no fees are currently payable.

In Point Form:

  • No Childcare Fees payable for Term 2 2020 (at this point)
  • The allowable absent count has now been raised to 62 allowable absences however anything past 62 up to and including 30th June 2020 will be covered and noted as additional allowable absences due to the COVID-19 Virus situation.
  • If you have cancelled or moved to a casual placement and do require your days/sessions back when school returns to normal then email your centre email to advise.
  • All children will be marked absent for each scheduled/permanent session Term 2 2020 unless you can attend under the “Priority of Access Centre Policy” attached.
  • If you have been utilising the service over the past two weeks then your child/ren may continue utilising the service and we will be in contact to determine your attendance requirements for Term 2 2020.
  • Additional attendance requests will be considered based on the “Priority of Access Centre Policy”, the ability to maintain educator:child ratios, space available in each centre to maintain distancing measures where practical.
  • To assist families with all the confusion over the past three weeks, all Non Notification charges have been waived since Monday 23rd March 2020 however for families that will continue to attend under the “Priority of Access Centre Policy” non notification fees will apply from the commencement of Term 2 2020 if your child is marked as attending but does not attend and they have not been marked absent via your “My Family Lounge” app on your smartphone.