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Family Day Care

Family Day Care is a community-based organisation that aims to provide families with quality education and child care services by professional educators in the educator's home which is approved and registered with a family day care scheme.

Did you know that

  • Family Day Care caters for children up to 13 years old?
  • Cumberland Council Family Day Care is available for everyone including people who live and work in the LGA as well as non-residents?
  • Care is available outside standard working hours, including overnight and weekend care?

Cumberland Council Family Day Care offers care for children up to the age of 13 years old in a safe and supportive environment. The service is managed by Cumberland Council’s Family Day Care Coordination Unit to provide the highest standards of quality education and care for children in a secure and stimulating home environment.

What hours is Family Day Care available?

With the need and requirements of families to work full time and non-standard hours on the rise, many parents want their children to grow up in a home environment and are looking to family day care as an alternative to centre-based and child care by relatives.

Family day care offers flexible care hours and multicultural educators which make it ideal for busy parents including shift workers, on-call employees, single parents, parents with demanding jobs and parents from diverse cultural backgrounds.

What will my child be doing at Family Day Care?

Children in family day care are able to play and learn with other children in a home-style environment. Children are provided with an educational and play based program that is based around the learning frameworks of the National Quality Framework. Children are in small groups, which allows the Educator to work closely with each child to further support their learning and development.

Is Family Day Care monitored?

Our service is regulated and assessed by the Australian Children’s Education Care Quality Authority and follows The National Quality Framework. This process recognises the service’s strengths and areas where improvements can be made. The process involves educators, staff, children, families and management covering all aspects of family day care processes using the assessment tool for continuous improvement of the service.


If you are interested in enrolling your child in Council’s Family Day Care you can enrol online.

Becoming a FDC Educator

There are many reasons why people want to offer family day care in their homes. Some find that caring for other children is a good way for their own children to socialise with others, some like working from home, and many enjoy the laughter and excitement that children bring to their homes.

If you are interested in becoming a FDC Educator you can view the FDC Educator Brochure (PDF, 3.14 MB) or complete an online application form.

Want to know more?

For more information, you can speak to our friendly Children’s Services team by calling 8757 9076 or email