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Family day care

Family day care offers a flexible care and education service to children in private homes or other approved venues.

Family day care educators may provide care for up to seven children and include up to four children who are not yet school age. Family day care educators are monitored and supported by a family day care scheme coordination unit including qualified family day care scheme coordinators.

Family day care educators must hold or be working towards a Certificate III qualification, although many already hold or are studying towards various early childhood qualifications. Each family day care educator determines their own hours of work and fee arrangements.

Family day care schemes are required to hold a service approval and must comply with the legislative standards of the Education and Care Services National Law 2011 (National Law) and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2012 (National Regulations).

As of 1 January 2012, the National Quality Framework (NQF) applies to all long day care, family day care, outside school hours care, pre-Prep and kindergarten services. A small number of services are regulated under the Education and Care Services Act 2013.

Read an overview of responsibilities for family day care educators under the National Law and National Regulations.

For more information on family day care, please visit the Family Day Care Association of Queensland website External Link.

Find a family day care approved provider with our early childhood education and care service search facility.

Getting started

Settling into an early childhood education and care service is a big event in a child's and parent's life. Read helpful information and tips to prepare for your child's first day.

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This page was last reviewed on 18 Sep 2014

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