January 20, 2022

No. Services can only waive the gap fee for the reasons outlined in the Australian Government website – COVID-19 information for the early childhood education and care sector – dese.gov.au

If a family chooses to keep their child at home they may use their allowable absences, but must pay a gap fee to the service.

Details on how absences work and when to claim are outlined in the Australian Government’s website – Absences from child care – Department for Education, Children and Young People, Skills and Employment, Australian Government (dese.gov.au)

Updated 2 February 2022