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IMG_0733With so many care providers and services around – it’s hard for parents to know what’s what and how to choose the best type of care for your child.

What is long day care?

Often called a childcare centre or simply day-care, long day care is centre-based childcare provided by professional staff where babies and children up to school-age can be cared for while their parents work, study or have time for their other commitments. These centres can be workplace-based, community-based or privately run.When is long day care open? This varies from provider to provider, but most long day care

When is long day care open?

This varies from provider to provider, but most long day care centres are typically open from early in the morning (7 or 7:30 am) until 6pm.

How much does it cost?

According to the federal government’s 2006 survey of childcare services, the average fee for long day care was $233 a week per child. It’s important to remember that centres vary in fees depending on a child’s age and the inclusions at a centre. Generally, fees range from $80 to $150 per day. The actual out-of-pocket expenses for childcare also depend on each family’s personal situation. It’s best to contact Centrelink for more information about the childcare benefit and childcare tax rebate based on your individual circumstances.

What will my child do at long day care?

Quality childcare services will provide a stimulating and caring environment for your baby or child. Many employ carers with early-childhood training who prepare a planned preschool program. The provider should provide age-appropriate activities, equipment and toys. Especially for young babies, in a quality childcare service a flexible schedule allows your child to eat sleep and be comforted according to their needs during the day.

How do I find a long day care centre?

In many parts of Australia childcare services have long waiting lists. If you are think you may need child care in the future you may want to make applications now. A good place to start is your local mothers group, other parents in your workplace or your network of parent friends. Remember everyone’s needs are different and it’s still worth visiting centres to check them out yourself.

Other sites which may be useful to find local care for your child are and