If wanting to use another centre or home-based service here’s what you need to know about changing 20 Hours so you can get this at a second service.
1. Is your child’s ECE service closed for a holiday or term break when you are needing childcare?
It is no problem to temporarily receive 20 hours of childcare at a second service as long as your usual service is not claiming the 20 hours funding which it legally must not do when its closed.
Just ask to record on the enrolment form of the service you wish to transfer the hours to, how many hours and days your child will be at the ECE service and the hours that your child will be attending that will be covered by 20 Hours ECE funding (i.e., that you are not to be charged for).
2. Are you moving to a new city for a while but expect to return home sometime?
Let your current service know so that it stops claiming funding for your child during the time you are away.
Record on the enrolment form of the new service, the hours and days that your child will be attending that will be covered by 20 Hours ECE funding.
Before you move back home give your service warning and check that a place is available. Many services have vacancies and children leaving and coming so it should not be a problem. But have a backup plan just in case your service has a full roll and cannot accept your child immediately.