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Family day care

Family day care (FDC) is a child care service offering families affordable, personalised care by a qualified educator in a safe and nurturing home environment. Educators may care for up to 7 children at any one time, with no more than 4 children under school age.

The Department for Education has managed family day care for more than 40 years. We are the longest-serving provider of family day care services in South Australia, with educators based across metropolitan and regional areas.

We recognise and support the importance of play-based learning.

Educators are monitored and supported by qualified family day care staff, working at a local level interacting with the children, educators and families.

We offer care during work hours, before/after school, during school holidays, overnight and weekends.

Benefits of family day care

Family day care benefits children as:

  • smaller groups of children means strong, trusting relationships with one main educator
  • siblings can be cared for together in the same home
  • children will be in a home environment that will help them develop relationships that go from a young age through to primary school years
  • if they have additional needs they can be cared for
  • they will be in an environment that supports play-based learning.

As a parent or guardian you :

  • have access to a formal childcare option that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • have a choice of educators so you can decide who best suits you and your child
  • may be eligible for the Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy.

The family day care educators:

  • have a minimum qualification of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • have regular police clearance checks for themselves and other occupants in their homes
  • have current first aid and CPR
  • run a service that complies with the National Quality Framework and state requirements
  • are supported by highly-trained department FDC coordinators who work at a local level and interact with children, educators and parents.

Care for children with additional needs

Family day care is an inclusive service and children with additional needs are welcomed into our small, home-based care environments.

The department also operates the Respite Care Program, a specialised disability care service for children and young people. The program is a provider for the Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which provides funding for respite care for children and young people with a disability.

For more information about the Respite Care Program, please contact them on 8343 6533.

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Family Day Care Business and Customer Support Centre

Phone (metro): 8343 6533
Phone (country): 1300 551 890
Email: educationfdcbusiness [at] sa.gov.au