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Child Care Services

Learn about child care services located within the City of Melville, including family day care, in home child care, long day care, occasional care and outside school hours care that offer flexible options for families.

Family Day Care

Family day care is a home-based child care service, operated by licensed individuals. Family day care schemes are operated by a sponsoring agency.

Carers work from their own home, caring for a maximum of seven children up to 12 years of age. Groups of children may be different ages, allowing children in the same family to stay in care together.

The emphasis is on nurturing, learning and fun in a home environment.

Family day care offers flexible hours and is particularly suitable for parents who have unusual work hours and require extended hours of child care for their children. 

Fees are set and Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate is available to eligible families.

In-Home Child Care

In-Home Child Care is a home-based child care option, available to certain families who meet eligibility criteria.

This service may be suitable for children who are sick or recuperating from illness, where parents work non-standard hours, where parents are ill or hospitalised, or where children or their parents have a disability.

For more information on In-Home Child Care Services, visit our partner, the City of Cockburn In-House Child Care Service.

Long Day Care

Long day care, sometimes referred to as centre-based care, is generally provided in a building or part of a building that has been created specifically for use as a child care centre. Centres usually operate between 7.30am and 6.00pm and offer professional care for children aged up to six years old.

Some centres are not for profit, and others are privately owned and operated on a for profit basis. Each centre has their own operating hours, fees and staffing ratios, and you will need to contact them directly for this information. To find a centre in your area, visit the MyChild website.

Approved long day care is eligible for the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

Occasional Care

Occasional care is another option for parents, with centres charging by the hour for their services. Parents can drop their children off and pick them up anytime during operating hours.

An occasional child care centre, Booragoon Occasional Early Education, is located within the City of Melville on Marmion Street in Booragoon.

For more information on the centre, visit their website.

Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care

Outside school hours care refers to care provided for primary school aged children before and/or after school and on pupil free days. Vacation care is a type of outside school hours care that operates during the school holidays.

Many of these services are located at primary schools, while some may be off-site at a child care centre, community facility or outside-school hours care centre near the primary school. The majority of outside school hours care centres are eligible for the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

To find out more about outside school hours care, visit the MyChild website.

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