Family day care


Family Day Care is a professional, home-based child care service for children aged between six weeks and 12 years of age. It is a small group environment; educators can only have up to four preschool children at one time with the possibility of three other school-aged children.

  • This flexible service offers care according to families’ needs
  • The small group environment lets children learn through quality interactions and experiences.
  • The service operates in accordance with Commonwealth Guidelines, Department of Education & Training, Department of Employment and the National Quality Framework.

Who will care for my child?

The experienced educators are self-employed and contract their service to Surf Coast Shire Council. We in turn support them with coordination, recruitment, training and certification.

How much does it cost?

Council sets the fees and charges, which currently range from $10.95 - $12.33 per hour.

Contact the Family Assistance Office on 136 150 to apply for the childcare subsidy to help with the cost of fees.

How do I register?

Easy! Complete the request for care form.

More information

To find out more, download Council's Family Day Care brochure(PDF, 1MB) and Conditions of Care(DOCX, 62KB) or contact the Family Day Care unit on 5261 0633 (Mon - Fri) or at


Want to become a family day care educator? 

If you are passionate about educating young children and interested in running your own home based business, you might have a future as an early childhood educator.

For more information contact Surf Coast Shire Council on 5261 0633 or at


2018 Early Years survey results for the Family Day Care service

 Early Years 2018 Survey Responses Family-Day-Care(XLSX, 55KB)