Choosing Childcare

ChildcareMost parents need to use child care at some time. Finding the type of child care which best suits your children and your family's needs is an important decision.

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Types of childcare

Most parents need to use child care at some time. Finding the type of child care which best suits your child and your family's needs is an important decision.

The type of service you are looking for will depend on many factors, including:

  • The age and interests of your child
  • The hours of care you require
  • Whether you work full-time or part-time
  • Whether you need regular or occasional care
  • The location of the service
  • Whether you have a car or need to rely on public transport.

Having an understanding of the differences in service types may help you in your decision making. Please select the tabs on the left for a description and listings of child care services available in the Camden local area.

What to look for when choosing childcare

Quality children's services are those that provide valuable experiences with positive outcomes for children, while at the same time providing for the needs of their families.

Things to look for include:

  • The service is approved by the NSW Department of Education and Communities
  • The service adheres to the National Quality Framework guided by the Australian Education & Care Quality Authority, click here for more information
  • The service implements The Early Years Learning Framework or the My Time Our Place Framework for School Aged Children
  • The philosophy of the service is openly displayed
  • The policies and procedures guiding the operation of the service are available to families
  • The staff interact with the children in a warm and caring way that conveys respect
  • A service where parents/carers are welcome any time during the day and are given opportunities to become involved in the centre
  • The service employs the correct number of qualified staff to provide quality care to the number of children enrolled
  • The service provides appropriate sleeping facilities for the children
  • The service has set clear and reasonable expectations of behaviour, that respect each childs age and development

What should I ask about?

  • Are places available for the day(s) and hour(s) I need?
  • Does the service operate throughout the year or only for school terms?
  • Are food and nappies provided?
  • Is there a preschool/transition to school program in place?
  • What qualifications do staff have?
  • What are the fees?
  • Is there a fee to be placed on the waiting list?
  • Are there any other costs over and above the fees?

Assistance with Child Care Costs

You may be eligible to receive Government assistance with your child care fees, click here for more information.

Or you can contact the Family Assistance Office:

Phone:136 150 (between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday)
In person: Centrelink Camden, 22 Murray Street, (opposite Coles) Camden NSW 2570

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