Paying our bond and childcare fees


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This payment policy explains our enrolment bond and our rules for paying our childcare fees.

Payment and refund of enrolment bond

We charge a $150 enrolment bond when you accept a place at our centre, which is credited to your account when your child leaves St Mary’s childcare. We don’t refund this bond if you later decide not to take up the place you accepted.

Payment of childcare fees

We invoice weekly, 1 week in arrears. Payment is due within 7 days of the invoice date.

We prefer that you pay by setting up a regular automatic payment for this weekly amount. You may choose to reduce the frequency of payments by setting up a fortnightly or monthly automatic payment.

You can also use online banking to pay invoices.

Holidays and absences

We charge fees for every enrolled day of our 50-week operating year, including when your child is away from the Centre and for statutory holidays (except Christmas and New Year).

Christmas and New Year

No fees are charged for the 2-week period over Christmas and New Year when the Centre is closed.

Teacher-only day

We also don’t charge fees for our teacher-only day, which occurs on the first day of the Centre year in January

Overdue payments

We treat invoices that are not paid within 14 days as overdue and we will send you a reminder notice.

We may cancel your enrolment if you don’t pay

If we don’t receive payment within 14 days of the original invoice date, we may cancel your child’s enrolment without further notice. However, we do consider hardship.


Please let us know if payment of fees may be causing hardship. We are a Christian centre, and our Management Committee can consider your needs.