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Options for care and early learning

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Long day care

Long day care services can be a good choice for working parents, and provide education and care for children from birth to 12 years old.

Kindergarten programs

Kindergarten (kindy) is a part-time educational program for children in the year before school.

Kindergarten in Indigenous communities

Kindergarten programs delivered in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Before and after school care / outside school hours care

Provides an opportunity for children to relax and play in a supervised environment, before school, after school or during school holidays.

Family day care

Family day care offers flexible education and care for children in the private homes of registered carers.

Early Years Places

Early Years Places provide children and their families with access to early childhood, health, family and parenting support services.

Occasional and casual care options

A range of service types may provide education and care on a casual basis or for short periods.

Nannies and babysitters

Nannies and babysitters usually provide care in the child's home - this type of service is not regulated.

Playgroups

Playgroups help parents, grandparents, carers and children come together to learn, play and interact in a safe environment.

Related information

Family Child Care Subsidy
Find out about the Australian Government's Child Care Subsidy to assist families with the cost of early childhood education and care.

Learning frameworks
Find out about the approved learning frameworks delivered by early childhood education and care services.

Ratings and assessment
Learn about how early childhood education and care services are rated and assessed.

Help and support

To help you find more information about Queensland's early childhood education and care services including legislation, new regulations and financial help that may be available please go to phone helplines, websites and email contacts.

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Last updated 20 May 2019