Child Care Tool Kit for Families Considering a Move to Australia

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  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016

Child Care Tool Kit for Families Considering a Move to Australia

Library Home  >  Child Care Tool KitsParenting & Family Life
  Published on Monday, 05 December 2016
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If you are Australian living overseas and considering a return home, or a foreign national researching a move to Australia, you’ll undoubtedly have plenty of questions and concerns about how to secure high quality child care when and where you need it.

In Australia we are fortunate enough to have a high quality child care system with well-qualified and experienced carers and centres with beautiful premises. Like many countries however, the cost of child care is high and it can be hard to secure a spot, especially for children under two years old.

This tool kit has been put together to assist you make a successful transition to the Australian child care system and offers a range of valuable resources and articles which should help you with your planning.

Types of child care
In Australia we may have a different name for the type of care you need, so it’s advisable to get a very clear understanding of the types of services available here and what they are called from state-to-state.

This summary of Australia's main child care options is a great place to start your research. You'll also want a rough idea about the price of different types of care and this article on the cost of child care offers an overview.

If you have a clear idea of what sort of care you would like and haven't been able to source it, read what to do when you can't find the child care you'd hoped to as it provides some different scenarios that may be worth considering.

Locating providers
We recommend you use the CareforKids.com.au search to locate and contact child care providers in the geographical areas you are considering moving to.  The CareforKids.com.au cost widget is a useful tool for learning the price of child care by postcode. 

Wait listing
Many early childhood education and care providers accept online applications for wait listing. We recommend you take full advantage of this service and add your child’s name to a wait list as soon as you start thinking about a move to Australia.  Click here for more information on the great waiting game.

Benefits & Subsidies
Australia has a range of Government subsidies to make it easier to cover the cost of using early childhood education and care, although there are a range of residency and citizenship requirements in place for people wanting to access these benefits. These articles on child care subsidies offers a summary of all the other types of available financial assistance along with the eligibility requirements.

This child care article was last reviewed or updated on Wednesday, 04 December 2019

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