Childcare services can seek grants from a $14 million fund to help cover wages and business costs to keep them running amid the coronavirus outbreak.
And families with children in care will be allowed to have extra absent days before losing the childcare subsidy if they catch the virus or are required to isolate themselves.
As well, families who have a sudden loss of income – such as casual workers who are told to quarantine or have their hours cut – may be eligible for up to 13 weeks of an additional child care subsidy which, in most cases, covers the full cost of care.
The federal government has expanded the community child care special circumstances fund to give access to any centres affected by the coronavirus, whether directly or through children being taken out.
The fund already offered $5 million worth of grants to centres in areas hit by bushfires over summer and $5 million for those in drought-stricken regions.
Education Minister Dan Tehan says families of healthy children can keep sending their kids to care.
Anyone unsure about whether they should keep using childcare for coronavirus-related reasons can call the national information hotline on 1800 020 080.