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Our Find Child Care tool lists services that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find quality children’s education and care services to give your child the best start. Compare services and build a shortlist. 

Most children's education and care services will have a National Quality Standard (NQS) rating. These are one way of helping families choose the best service for their children. Find out what the NQS quality ratings mean.

Choosing the right service can be an exciting time for you and your child. Learn about the types of early education and care services.


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Our list includes services approved under the National Quality Framework (NQF) including long day care, family day care providers (not individual services), kindergarten, preschool and outside school hours care (for school age children). To find a family day care service near you, use the above search function to contact an approved family day care provider or scheme in your state and territory. They can advise what family day care services are offered in your local area. Occasional care, crèches, mobile services, and preschools in Tasmania and Western Australia, will not appear. Learn about the types of children's education and care services.

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