Most formal services for children are regulated to ensure children are protected from harm and that their opportunities for learning and development are maximised.
An education and care service is any service providing or intending to provide education and care on a regular basis to children under the age of 13 years.
Services that meet this definition, including family day care services, long day care services, outside school hours care services and preschools (kindergartens), are generally required to operate under the National Quality Framework.
A number of services operate under the Victorian children’s services legislation. These services are generally occasional care services, early childhood intervention services, mobile services, budget-based services not funded for Child Care Benefit or school holiday care programs.
If you are not sure whether a particular service should be regulated you should contact a children’s services authorised officer at the nearest regional office of the Department.