The Morrison government will increase the number of days that a family can continue to claim the Child Care Subsidy in cases where a child is absent from childcare for more than the currently allowable 42 days.
It will also give a family access to additional absences, without the need for evidence, in relation to COVID-19, and waive the current obligation of childcare services to require a family to pay gap fees if the service is forced to close.
But the changes will apply only to childcare services that have to close based on public health advice, not where a centre closes voluntarily.
“All early childhood education and care services should follow the advice from their state or territory authorities on matters related to COVID-19,” Mr Tehan said.
There are 1.3 million children in childcare and about 200,000 staff employed in the early childhood education and care sector.