The government has asked the Department for Education to explore whether there is a better way to support the more than 430 small businesses offering Family Day Care and Respite Care.
In the coming months the department will approach local councils, non-government organisations and private companies to see if they are interested in becoming Family Day Care or Respite Care providers.
South Australia is currently the only state in the country where the government is the sole approved Family Day Care provider, a role that involves supporting the more than 430 family day care educators with coordination, training and business and customer support.
Other states and territories across Australia have a large number of smaller approved providers including councils, non-government organisations and small private providers that offer community focused support.
The government is committed to the continuity of these services in South Australia with either the department as the approved provider or through a combination of other organisations.
The department will explore options directly with interested parties in coming months.
Quotes attributable to Julieann Riedstra, Chief Operating Officer:
Family Day Care and Respite Care services do an important job that is highly valued. It is important that they get the support they need to service their communities.
We want to explore whether the model the other states use, which sees local government, NGOs and small businesses offering local solutions, would benefit South Australians.
The experience elsewhere has seen local solutions flourish and we want to explore whether that can work here.
We are committed to making sure there is ongoing continuity in Family Day Care and Respite Care services and that safety standards and service quality is maintained.
If you use or run Family Day Care or Respite Care there will be no change in the foreseeable future.