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Family day care

Family day care is a quality, home-based childcare service.

It’s run by qualified educators trained in early learning and care.

How to find childcare

You can search for childcare near you.

Contact us to check if a family day care service has places.

We can also help you find childcare that suits you and your family. Contact us to find out more.

How family day care works

Your child will learn from a qualified educator, in the educator’s home.

Your child is always cared for in a small group of children. They will play, learn and grow together. Our educators design the learning to fit your child’s individual needs.

Start your own business

If you have a real passion for working with children, you might like to become a family day care educator.

Family day care educators manage their own business. You choose the hours that suit you, and you work from your own home. You can build a long-term professional career and make a difference to the lives of children.

Enquire about becoming an educator.

Respite care program

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 8343 6533.

Family day care policy and standards

The family day care policy and 5 standards were approved in 2017.

Our cross-referenced policy review document has a summary of standards and the changes that have been made.




The Family Day Care Fee and Levy Charging and Compliance Procedure is currently being updated to include recent changes to the Australian Government’s Child Care Subsidy. The following document outlines the department’s Family Day Care Fee and Levy Charges for 2018-2020.

Family Day Care Business and Customer Support Centre

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