Information for families

Child Care Services in South Australia



Each centre will individualise their approach to implementing a rich program for the children in their service. Such programs will provide many opportunities for children to engage in social and learning experiences.


All centres are required to comply with regulations in relation to child :staff ratios and in relation to the number of qualified (Diploma and above) and untrained staff (Certificate level) required for each group. Staff are professional in their approach to their job of providing for the emotional, physical, social, intellectual and creative development of children in their care.They maintain records on each child's development and communicate regularly with parents and families.



Centres strive hard to provide safe, secure and nurturing environments for children. To provide environments that cater to each child's individual needs, builds their self-esteem, fosters social interactions and supports the child and family to feel respected and involved in their child's care.


Government Initiatives

Financial assistance is provided to families from the Commonwealth Government to assist with the cost of accessing childcare services. More information can be obtained by visiting the website of the Family Assistance Office
Childcare Subsidy Scheme (CSS)
The CSS reduces the total costs of your weekly fees. It is available to parents, foster parents and grandparents with children in their care who attend an approved service. Families have a number of obligations they must meet to access the Childcare Benefit such as income assessment.
Extra Support
Some families can get Additional Child Care Subsidy. We pay it on top of Child Care Subsidy to provide extra support with child care fees.There are 3 different types of Additional Child Care Subsidy that you can apply for. You can apply if you’re either, a grandparent, transitioning to work or experiencing temporary financial hardship.



In South Australia all services covered by the National Quality Framework which are Centre Based Long Day Care, Out of School Hours Care, Government and non-Government preschools and Family Day Care, are regulated by the newly formed Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of South Australia (EECSRSB) and will need to meet the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 which includes new Education and Care Services National Regulations.

Quality Framework

The new National Quality Framework that came into effect from 1 January 2012 requires that all states and territories regulate early childhood education and care and school age care services covered by the Framework. A national body called the Australian Children's Education and Care QualityAuthority (ACECQA) has the role of guiding implementation and management of theNational Quality Framework and ensuring national consistency.

The 7 quality areas covered by the National Quality Standard are;

  1. Educational program and practice
  2. Children's health and safety
  3. Physical environments
  4. Staffing arrangements
  5. Relationships with children
  6. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities
  7. Leadership and service management