Looking for Child Care in Cessnock?

We aim to offer the highest quality preschool and early learning programs in Cessnock with a focus on creating genuine relationships with each child, our families and the local community.

Where do I start? 

Choosing the right childcare and early learning option can be a difficult decision for families. Your decision will depend on your individual family needs and the environment in which you and your child will feel most comfortable.

To make the best decision it is important to know what service types are available to you. Please expand the panels to the right to revel more information about the most common types of care available in the Hunter Valley and surrounds.

For more information on choosing a quality child care service for your child visit mychild.gov.au.

Family Day Care (FDC) services deliver flexible home-based education and care for children via a network of FDC educators. FDC services support and administer the care that is provided, on their behalf, in educators’ homes.

FDC services are responsible for the effective operation of all components of FDC, including recruiting, training and supporting educators; monitoring care provision; and providing advice, support and information for parents.

FDC services can provide flexible care, including all-day care, part-time, casual, overnight, before and after school care, and care during school holidays. Educators do not have any legal right to independently enter into a care arrangement for Child Care Benefit approved care. However, service operators may authorise educators (acting as an agent for their service) to enter into care arrangements on their behalf.

FDC educators and services must meet their obligations under the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care and comply with the Early Childhood Services Education and Care National Law and National Regulations, and any other applicable state and territory regulations, when providing care to children.

An educator may provide care in their home for the maximum number of children, including their own children, in accordance with the National Law and National Regulations.

The majority of Family Day Care services are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

Information sourced from mygov.com.au

Occasional Care offers professional care for children on a casual basis. This service is suitable for families who do not need child care on a regular basis but would like someone to look after their children occasionally, for example when they have a medical or other appointment.

Most Occasional Care centres have flexible operating hours and can cater for children whose parents work irregular or unpredictable hours (e.g. shift workers).

Information sourced from mygov.com.au

Outside School Hours Care centres provide care for primary school aged children, before and after school (7:30 am -9:00 am and 3:00 pm -6:00 pm), during school holidays and on pupil-free days.

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is also referred to as Out-Of-School Hours (OOSH) care in some states or territories.

Vacation Care is a type of Outside School Hours Care that includes indoor and outdoor activities. These centres are sometimes run by the same organisation that runs before and after-school care.

Centres are usually located on primary school sites in the school hall and/or playground. Some centres are located in a child care centre, community facility or outside-school hours care centre near the primary school.

Many centres offer a snack as well as the Sporting Schools exercise program.

The majority of Outside School Hours Care centres are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. Approved services must also show that they are meeting certain quality standards.

Information sourced from mygov.com.au

Long Day Care is sometimes referred to as centre-based care and is generally provided in a building or part of a building that has been created specifically for use as a child care centre.

Centres usually operate between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm and offer professional care for children aged 0-6. Children are usually grouped in rooms according to age and developmental stage.

Child care is usually available for all day or part of the day at a centre. Some centres offer morning or afternoon sessions.

Many centres offer meals throughout the day including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. The types of meals vary from centre to centre. If a centre does not offer meals then families will need to provide their own.

Most Long Day Care centres will have an early education component to their program so children will learn as they are cared for.

Long Day Care centres are run by private companies, local councils, community organisations, individuals, non-profit organisations or by employers for their staff.

The majority of Long Day Care centres are approved child care services. This means that families using the service may be eligible for Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. Approved services must also show that they are meeting certain quality standards.

Information sourced from mygov.com.au

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