For Families

What is family day care?
Family Day Care is an approved form of child care that is provided in the family day care educators own home. Family day care educators are early childhood education and care professionals, registered with a family day care service that is responsible for approving, supporting, training and advising its educators.

How is it similar to centre based child care?

  • Family day care provides early childhood education and care services for children across Australia.
  • Family day care operates under the same National Quality Framework (NQF) as other forms of childcare; incorporating national regulations, quality and qualification standards, educational frameworks and an assessment and ratings process.
  • Parents are eligible to the same Federal Government Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate subsidies. 

How is it different to other forms of child care?

  • Your child’s education and care is provided by an individual educator who is an approved, early childhood education and care professional, operating within their own home.
  • Educators work with small groups of no more than four children under school age.*
  • Educators work in partnership with a local coordination unit who provide regular visits to monitor the children’s progress and to provide support. 

* An educator may care for 3 additional school age children, outside of school hours. Ratios currently vary between states & territories. This will be standardised nationally on Jan 1, 2014.