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Attending a service

On this page, you’ll find information and guides on children and services, from how to choose a suitable service to what to expect when your child enrols.

If you have a topic in mind, use the search below to quickly find all our related information and articles.


Choosing a service

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The assessment and rating process

This article is a brief guide to the assessment and rating process for approved early childhood education and care services across Australia.

Last updated: March 26, 24
The assessment and rating process
Last updated: March 26, 24
Service quality ratings
Last updated: March 25, 24

How to support your child through early childhood education and care

How can you help your child settle in?

Starting at a service can be an emotional experience for you and your child. Children may experience difficulty settling into a new environment, particularly if they find it hard to separate from family or familiar caregivers.

Last updated: April 15, 24
How can you help your child settle in?
Last updated: April 15, 24
Challenging behaviour: biting
Last updated: March 25, 24
Supporting children during transitions
Last updated: February 16, 24
Transition to school
Last updated: February 6, 24

Health and safety in services

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Managing illnesses in services

The National Quality Standard aims to safeguard and promote children’s health and safety, minimise risks and protect children from harm, injury and infection.

Last updated: March 21, 24
Managing illnesses in services
Last updated: March 21, 24
How services ensure good hygiene
Last updated: February 16, 24

Educational programs

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Educational programs in early education and care services

Quality programs for children preschool age and under in services such as long day care, family day care or preschool/kindergarten settings, are developed in ways that take into account each child’s interests, ideas, strengths, experiences, culture and needs.

Last updated: April 4, 24
What is STEM and why is it important?
Last updated: February 16, 24

Types of services

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Choosing between Family Day Care and Long Day Care

If you’re trying to decide between a Family Day Care and a Long Day Care service, this information might be helpful

Last updated: February 16, 24
Choosing a quality service
Last updated: February 11, 24

What to expect

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What children wear to early childhood education and care

In an early learning and preschool, what your child wears may also influence your child’s health, safety, comfort, and wellbeing.

Last updated: February 16, 24
How services support good nutrition
Last updated: April 4, 24

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