Types of Child Care

There are a range of child care types to choose from including centre-based services, such as long day care, outside school hours care and occasional care, or services where your child is looked after in an educator's own home, such as family day care. Each family is different, the child care you choose will suit your own family’s needs.

Approval and license requirements

In Victoria, services that provide education and care for children, in the absence of their parents or guardians, need a service approval or licence to operate and are regulated.

Regulation makes sure that all child care services comply with a strict standard of service and safety requirements and ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of children at all times when they are being educated and cared for.

Long day care, outside school hours care and family day care services must meet the requirements of the:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law)
  • Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (National Regulations)
  • National Quality Standard (Schedule 1 of the Regulations).

A number of services, including occasional care services and budget-based services, must meet the requirements of the Children's Services Act 1996 (Victorian Act) and the Children’s Services Regulations 2009 (Victorian Regulations).

For detailed information on the approval, licensing or operation of a children’s service, see: Regulation and Quality Assessment