Childcare will be available for free for parents who continue to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Government said they will also provide financial help to 13,000 centres across the country.

It is believed that around one million Australian families will be eligible for the scheme and is available to anyone who had a job that was considered ‘essential’.

While the list is relatively vague, it’s believed that free child care will be available for parents who need to work.

The new plan will mean the government pays half the reasonable fee cap to centres for the next six months as long as they remain open, and don’t charge parents any fees.

The funding will start from 6 April and will cover enrolments as they stood in the fortnight leading up to 2 March before people started pulling kids out of care, due to job loss or health fears.

Childcare centres also must look to re-enrol kids who have been withdrawn to make sure parents can keep places if they need them once the crisis is passed.

“If you have a job in this economy then that is an essential job, in my view, in terms of running of the economy and it is important that all of those parents who have children, that they get access to child care and those facilities will be there for them in the many months ahead,” Mr Morrison said.

“What we will be doing is we will be ensuring for those parents who are still in that position where they are needing that childcare, it will be free.

“We will be putting in place support arrangements to childcare facilities, some 13,000 of them, to ensure they remain open and be there for their parents to ensure they can do what they need to do each day.”

More details to come.

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