Getting ready for child care, preschool or kindergarten can be an exciting and overwhelming time for you and your child, but the earlier you start preparing, the better.
There are many different types of early education and care services.
Most are regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF) including:
Regulated services are required to meet high national standards to ensure your child is safe and is given opportunities for learning and development on a regular basis. These services are given quality ratings to help families choose the best service for their child and family.
Find your nearest regulated service and their quality ratings.
Other services like occasional care, crèches, mobile services and some school holiday care programs are not regulated under the NQF, but may be regulated under other state legislation.
If you’re not sure if a service is regulated or not, it’s best to ask the service.