Placing a child in care

Applying for Family Day Care

To apply for a placement please complete a Family Day Care Waiting List Form. 
Family Day Care - Waiting List Form (pdf. 188KB)

When you are informed of an opening with an educator you will be asked to come into Council Chambers for a placement interview. When this happens please complete the below Family Day Care Enrolment Form and bring it with you on the day.

Family Day Care Child Enrolment Form (pdf. 255KB)  

If you have any queries contact our Family Day Care on 02 9424 0834 or email

Educator's program

Our educators cater their program around each child’s individual needs and aim to:

  • Encourage learning
  • Improve social skills
  • Promote physical growth
  • Maintain emotional stability

What do children do in Family Day Care

In Family Day Care, your children learn through play and exploration while mixing with a small group of children. 

Activities children may participate in include storytelling, singing, playing games, visiting the park, going to the library or dropping by other educator's homes.

Some educators choose to attend Family Day Care play sessions with their day care group every week, which provide children with an opportunity to play with a larger group of children.

Hours and days

Educators set their own days and hours of operation, though most educators operate their child care service at a minimum of eight hours per day.

Care can sometimes be offered during the evening, overnight, on weekends, 24 hours and on a short-term basis, depending on the educator's availability.

Number of children in care

Educators are licensed to cater for a total of six children under 12 years of age at one time. This includes four children under school age (two children under 18 months and three children over 18 months) and a further two children under the age of 12 years.

Educators are self-employed and are able to determine the total number of children they care for within this limit.

Cost of care

Fees are charged by individual educators on an hourly or daily rate.

Some families are eligible to receive a fee reduction with the Child Care Benefit.

If you have any queries on this benefit contact the Family Assistance Office on 13 6150.
Click here for more information on the Child Care Benefit
Some families may also be eligible to receive the 50% Child Care Tax Rebate on out-of-pocket expenses (subject to work or study test eligibility).

Click here fore more information on the Child Care Tax Rebate.


Parents are asked to provide evidence of their child's immunisation record when registering for our services. On days when an outbreak of a contagious illness occurs in a educator’s home, children who have not been immunised appropriately will not be able to attend. 

Council offers free immunisation on various diseases including tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis, measles and mumps.

Click here for more information on our Immunisation Clinic.