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Child care

Every South Australian child and young person deserves the opportunity to be their best in life.

The department oversees the provision of local family day care, preschool education, children’s centres and out of school hour care programs.

Providing support to those managing these services is a key part of the department’s commitment to early childhood development and providing a chance for every child. 

Types of childcare

Learn about each type of childcare and how to find a service.

Foster care

Learn about becoming a foster carer, support available for children in care and additional information for carers.


Learn about adopting a child, accessing information about parents and adopted children and adoption guidelines.