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Child Care Information for Service Providers

Child care service providers and other organisations can get information and support from the Australian Government to help them to deliver high quality child care services. This includes information on how to become a child care service provider, how to operate a child care service and how to...

Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives

The Early Childhood Workforce Initiatives include a range of programmes and incentives to support, train and retain an experienced and qualified early childhood workforce.


Families can use the MyChild website to get information about child care, early learning and other issues that affect children.

National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care

The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care ensures children receive a high standard of education and care. The Framework is a national system for the regulation and quality assessment of child care and early learning services.

Universal Access to Early Childhood Education

Universal access to early childhood education aims to ensure that a quality early childhood education programme is available for all children in the year before they start full-time schooling.

Australian Early Development Index

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a population based measure of young children’s development.

Budget Based Funded Programme

The Budget Based Funded (BBF) Programme provides support for the delivery of early childhood education and care (ECEC) services to give all Australian children the best possible start in life.

Information on Early Learning and Care Centres

Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.

Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY)

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.

Inclusion and Professional Support Program

The IPSP is made up of two elements which provide an integrated and consolidated approach to meeting the inclusion and professional support needs of child care and early learning services. IPSP is a sub-programme within the Child Care Services Support Programme.

Child Care Management System

The Child Care Management System is a national online computer system. All approved child care services are required by family assistance law to operate under the system.

Child Care Flexibility Trials

The Child Care Flexibility Trials support a range of child care stakeholders, including service providers, their peak organisations and employee representatives to trial a series of flexible and innovative care projects which aim to enhance the capacity of the child care sector and better meet...

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning

The Australian Government is committed to establishing more flexible, affordable and accessible child care and early childhood learning that helps underpin the national economy and supports the community, especially parents' choices to participate in work and learning and children’s growth,...

Child Care Services Support Programme

Child care service providers may be able to get financial help from the Australian Government through the Child Care Services Support Programme.