Child care options
A range of care and play-based learning options is available for babies and children up to six years old. Some child care providers also offer before- and after-school care to school aged children.
Choosing the right type of child care
Child care services may be offered by private providers, community groups, government agencies, individuals, babysitters or nannies.The different types of child care are described on the page Types of early childhood services.
The page also has a quick reference comparison chart to help you work out what type of child care best suits your needs.
Finding services in your area
To find services in your local area:
- visit the MyChild website
- check out the yellow pages.
If you need help to decide which service is best for you, call the MyChild Hotline on 13 36 84.
Some child care services use waiting lists to help them manage high demand. To avoid situations where there is no vacancy at the service you wish to use, put your name on their waiting list. Places are allocated to families with the greatest need for child care. There is a set priority for allocating places to ensure that the system is fair.
Find a preschool- Department for Education
Information on choosing and using quality child care - Department for Education
MyChild Hotline 13 36 84