Getting your head around childcare options

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Take your time, be prudent & get to know your stuff

It can be difficult to get your head around child-care options. 

Who will love & look after my child as much as I do? Which type of childcare provider is best suited to my child? How much will it cost? What are my entitlements? Are any subsidies available? Where's my closest centre? It can be tough alright!

Do your research and ask lots of questions!

We recommend that you take your time, do your research, and ask around to see what friends and family have done, and who they'd recommend.

And then there's the other stuff to consider: what does ECE even stand for? (Early Childhood Education). How can I access 20-hours of care each week? Do I have to pay anything extra on top? Am I entitled to a government subsidy to help cover extra costs? And so much more. 

We have created a broad outline of the main child-care options currently available. However, we acknowledge that what works for one family will be completely different from the next, and there is a lot of information to process. So please do your research carefully, and ask lots of questions along the way! 

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Funding
Newborn to 3 years
Children aged 3 to 6 years
Children aged over 6
Working for Families

The above information is a guide only. Please complete your own independent research and know your rights and obligations before you commit to an ECE provider, funding and subsidies. Take your time, compare centres, know your entitlements, and ask lots of questions along the way!

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