Education and Care and Child Care Services include long day care, family day care, outside schools hours care and vacation care programs.
These services are performing a vital role providing education and care for children.
Find an Education and Care or Child Care Service
To find a service, families can call the Child Care Family Helpline on 1800 291 041 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Families can also search for early childhood education and child care services online using Starting Blocks and Child Care Finder
Australian Government Early Childhood Education and Care Support Measures
The Australian Government is working with the early childhood education and care sector to minimise the impact of COVID-19. Please see the Early Childhood Education and Care COVID-19 Information website for the latest advice.
The Department of Education has information for education and care and child care services on Being COVID-safe in early childhood education and care, including links to a range of resources.
Should I send my child to child care?
Children should not be sent to Education and Care services if they have any cold or flu-like symptoms including:
- runny nose
- sore/itchy throat or
- shortness of breath
Children should stay home and you should phone your GP or the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for a referral to be tested for COVID-19. Children should only be returning to Education and Care once their cold/flu like symptoms have passed.
If your child has serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call Triple Zero (000).