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Family day care

Family day care (FDC) is a service where a professional carer looks after your child in their home. It’s small group care for a maximum of 4 children under school age and 3 children of school age.

The hours of care are flexible and carers may offer full-time, part-time or occasional care. Some carers offer overnight, weekend or vacation care.

Benefits of family day care

Family day care benefits the children being looked after because:

  • smaller groups of children means strong, trusting relationships with one main educator
  • siblings can be cared for together in the same home
  • children will be in a home environment that will help them develop relationships that go from a young age through to primary school years
  • if they have additional needs they can be cared for
  • they will be in an environment that supports play-based learning.

As a parent or carer you may:

  • be eligible for the Australian Government’s Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate to assist with fees
  • have access to a formal childcare option that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • have a choice of educators so you can decide who best suits you and your child.

The family day care educators:

  • have a minimum qualification of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • have regular police clearance checks for themselves and other occupants in their homes
  • run a service that complies with the National Quality Framework government standards and state requirements
  • are supported by highly-trained department FDC coordinators who work at a local level and interact with children, educators and parents.

Care for children with additional needs

Family day care is an inclusive service and children with additional needs are welcomed into our small, home-based care environments.

The department also operates the Respite Care Program, a specialised disability care service for children and young people. The program is a provider for the Australian Government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which provides funding for respite care for children and young people with a disability.

For more information about the Respite Care Program, please contact them on 8343 6533.


Family Day Care Business and Customer Support Centre

Phone (metro): 8343 6533
Phone (country): 1300 551 890
Email: decdfdcbusiness [at] sa.gov.au