What is Family Day Care?

Family Day Care is an integral part of a range of Early Childhood Education and Care services available in Australia. In September 2019, approximately 13,156 Early Childhood Educators worked across 454 registered FDC schemes in major cities, regional and remote areas of Australia (Family Day Care Australia, 2019).


Family Day Care Educators are self-employed and provide an approved form of child care for children from the ages of 0-12 years. Set up in their own homes under the management of a scheme, Family Day Care is the only regulated child care setting that is approved to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a maximum of up to 7 children being cared for at any one time.


Family Day Care provides an alternative option for families that are wanting a more flexible and tailored approach to education and care. With an adult to child ratio of 1:4 for prior to school children, Family Day Care offers children and families a smaller group environment as opposed to other education and care settings.


Family Day Care also provides flexible care arrangements for families during standard/non-standard care hours, before and after school, overnight, weekends, and during the school holidays.


What makes Family Day Care unique from other ECEC services?​

  • Educator can provide education and care for children from birth to 12 years old

  • Educators are available to provide education and care outside standard hours 

  • Educators have individual working hours and fee structures

  • Educators are monitored and supported by a Coordination Team

  • Educators are able to provide more one on one interactions with children (1:4)

  • Educators can tailor their curriculum to support each child's unique learning journey 

Family Day Care Australia. (2019). Family Day Care Australia: Family Day Care Sector Profile. Family Day Care Australia. Retrieved from https://www.familydaycare.com.au/representing-you/sector-profile