AMEP childcare provision - TAFE Queensland

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AMEP childcare provision at TAFE Queensland

The AMEP childcare provision provides free childcare to children under school age to enable their parents to study English in the AMEP.

  • You can access free childcare while you study in the AMEP if your children are younger than school age or waiting to begin their first year of school.
  • Free childcare is not available for AMEP home tutor or AMEP distance learning students.

TAFE Queensland offers free basic childcare through registered long day care centres. In alignment with the aims of the Adult Migrant English Program these centres:

  • provide a quality, inclusive, English speaking educational environment
  • support children's settlement in Australia
  • support children's ongoing educational and social development
  • offer Kindergarten (Kindy) programs for four year olds. These programs help children develop reading, writing and numeracy skills and provide a head start for the future.

TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) childcare officers are available to:

  • help parents in the AMEP find an approved childcare centre
  • manage payments to childcare providers.

Information for parents in the AMEP

Finding childcare

At your initial interview, your TAFE Queensland AMEP case manager will discuss your childcare needs.

TELLS will help you find an approved childcare centre located within 30 minutes of your home or the site where you are studying. However this may not always be possible if public transport is not available in your area.

In areas where childcare is in high demand, many childcare centres have waiting lists. If your child cannot start at childcare immediately you can learn English with a volunteer home tutor until you are able to start AMEP classes.

Additional fees

Your free childcare only covers basic childcare costs. You may have to pay additional fees for:

  • enrolment and deposit fees
  • meals, nappies or transport
  • holiday periods.

Attendance requirements

  • Childcare is free while you are attending AMEP classes. TAFE does not cover childcare for the days you do not attend class.
  • You will need to pick your child/children up from childcare when you finish your classes for the day.
  • When you finish your AMEP course, you will need to arrange and pay for your own childcare.

Information for providers

Eligibility

A TELLS childcare officer will contact you directly to arrange enrolment of children who are eligible for the AMEP childcare provision payment.

TELLS AMEP Childcare Provision Manual

The TELLS AMEP Childcare Provision Manual will be sent to your childcare centre when an eligible child is enrolled. The manual contains detailed information about the AMEP childcare provision as well as useful fact sheets and forms. For extra copies of the manual please contact a TELLS childcare officer.

Payment

Payment for basic childcare fees will be made directly through TELLS. Parents cannot claim the Centrelink Child Care Benefit (CCB) at the same time as the AMEP Childcare Provision. Please refer to the TELLS AMEP Childcare Provision Manual for more information about:

  • additional childcare fees not covered by TELLS
  • holiday holding fees
  • the CCB.

Support

As many of our AMEP students have limited English skills, there may be occasions when communication difficulties arise. TELLS' Childcare Officers can provide support. TIS National provides over the phone and on-site translation and interpreting services and is managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. To find out more call 131 450 or visit http://www.tisnational.gov.au.

'The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. In Queensland, the AMEP is delivered through TAFE Queensland.'