Family Day Care

What is Family Day Care?

Family Day Care is a child care service where care is provided for small groups of children (usually up to four to five) in the private home of an approved carer. Carers register with their local government Family Day Care coordination unit, receive training and support and their properties are regularly inspected to ensure they are clean and safe.

The Area Coordinators work closely with carers and keep up to date details of vacancies in their area. You can apply for Family Day Care in your chosen area and will be advised when a suitable place, or choice of places, becomes available.

Family Day Care is available for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years and may be able to provide flexible hours to suit a variety of situations. Family Day Care can cater for full-time, part-time and before and after school care as well as other situations such as respite care. Child care subsidies are available for families using Family Day Care.

Family Day Care services are subject to the quality assurance standards imposed by the National Child Care Accreditation Council, as are all Long Day Care and Out of School Hours Care centres.

How can I apply for Family Day Care?

To apply for Family Day Care, contact your local council’s Family Day Care coordination unit. Please note there may be a waiting list you must join before finding a carer. Contact details of your local area coordination units can be obtained from the NSW Family Day Care Association (02) 9572 9440 or toll free on 1800 157 818 or by looking under ‘Family Day Care’ in the White Pages telephone directory. The local area coordination units are the first point of contact for parents seeking Family Day Care for their children.

The local council Family Day Care coordination units located closest to the University of Sydney are:

Marrickville Council – Family Day Care
Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street
Petersham NSW 2049
Tel: (02) 9335 2235

Leichhardt Municipal Council – Family Day Care
22 Foster Street
Leichhardt NSW 2040
Tel: (02) 9569 1233

Waverly Council – Family Day Care
(Waverley Family Day Care Scheme looks after parts of Glebe due to an amalgamation with Sydney Family Day Care)
28 Ebley Street
Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Tel: (02) 9386 7785