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Most education and care services for children around Australia are now regulated under the National Quality Framework (NQF). Service types covered by the NQF are now regulated by the national law and regulations.
The National Law and Regulations will apply to education and care services for children under 13 years of age (apart from some types of services which are expressly excluded).
The types of services that will be covered are:
1) Long Day Care
2) Family Day Care
4) Out of school hours care.
The following types of services will not be covered by the National Law and Regulations but they will continue to be regulated under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Children's Services Regulation 2004:
1) Home-based services
2) Mobile services
3) Occasional care services
4) ‘Budget based funded' services*
* A service that receives financial assistance under the Commonwealth's Budget Based Funding Program element of the Child Care Services Support Program but does not receive the Child Care Benefit.
Find a voluntary out-of-home care service provider in your area
Designated agencies can provide, arrange or supervise VOOHC services
Registered agencies can provide or arrange VOOHC services
Arranging agencies can arrange, broker or subcontract VOOHC services
Manage placements, case plans and supervision arrangements for children and young people using voluntary out-of-home care (VOOHC)
A child or young person under the age of 18 is in VOOHC when:
· their parent has made an arrangement with an organisation to provide or arrange care for them; and
· they stay at a place other than their usual home overnight for one or more nights ; and
· they are cared for by someone other than a parent or relative.
VOOHC includes overnight centre based respite, host family care, residential placements and camps that provide respite or address challenging behaviour. VOOHC does not include care provided:
- by other types of camp or recreation facilities;
- by a boarding school or other educational institution;
- by a licensed children’s service;
- by a health service;
- by an adoption service;
- under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program; or
- to a child or young person who is a carer.
The Carers Register requires designated agencies to certify that required checks and assessments of carers and household members have been conducted. The Carers Register also contains information about carer applicant, carer and household member histories that supports designated agencies sharing information about those persons.
Manage placements, case plans and supervision arrangements for children and young people using voluntary out-of-home care (VOOHC)Find a VOOHC Service Provider in your Area
Find a voluntary out-of-home care service provider in your areaFind a child care centre
mychild.com.au - Australian Government's online child care portal
Information and resources for the public and VOOHC providersList of VOOHC Designated Agencies
Designated agencies can provide, arrange or supervise VOOHC servicesList of VOOHC Registered Agencies
Registered agencies can provide or arrange VOOHC servicesFind a VOOHC Arranging Agency in your area
Arranging agencies can arrange, broker or subcontract VOOHC servicesUseful links from The Children's Guardian
Useful links to government and non-government organisations involved in the care of childrenAll about early childhood education & care
Information and resources for NSW public and child care providersFind a preschool
Search for not-for-profit, community-based preschools in NSWACECQA Website
National body ensuring high quality early childhood education and care across AustraliaOffice of the Children's Guardian Website