Early childhood services (child care centres) charge a fee to look after your child, this varies depending on the amount of time your child is cared for and the type of service you choose.
What funding is available?
The Child Care Benefit and Child Care Tax Rebate can help you meet some of the costs of some child care.
More information is available on the Australian Government's Department of Human Services website. See:
Proposed changes to these payments?
The Australian Government has proposed changes to these payments, to take effect from July 2017. More information is available on the Australian Government's Department of Education and Training website. See:
Which child care services can I receive financial assistance for?
Most long day care, family day care, before or after school care, vacation care and some occasional care services are approved education and care providers.
Your child's early childhood service (child care) can tell you if they are an approved service for child care benefit.
Is in home care eligible for financial assistance?
Assistance is also available for in home care services in certain circumstances.