In-Home Care

It was through the "greater flexibility and choice in childcare" element of the Australian governments Stronger Families and Community Strategy, announced by the Prime Minister in April 2000, which included making in-home childcare available to families in special circumstances.

Funded by the Australian government for almost 9 years In-home care is a flexible form of child care where the care is provided in the child's home by an approved carer. To ensure quality outcomes for children the care is monitored and supported by an approved agency (Service Provider).

In home care is not available to everyone, but limited to families who have no access to existing child care services, and/or their circumstances mean that an existing child care service cannot meet their needs, and where the family meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • the child has, or lives with another child who has an illness or a disability;
  • the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) has an illness or disability that affects their ability to care for the child;
  • the child lives in a rural or remote area;
  • the work hours of the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) are hours when no other approved child care service is available;
  • the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) is caring for three or more children who have not yet started school.

Interim Standards for the delivery of In-home Care were released in February 2008.