National In-home Childcare Association
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The National In-home Childcare Association Inc. (NICA) is the national peak body for the Commonwealth funded In home child care program in Australia. In January 2015 NICA officially changed to Australian Home Childcare Association Inc. A new website is currently being developed.


In home care (IHC) is a flexible form of child care where an approved carer provides child care in the child's home.

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Our Purpose

As a peak body we are a representative organisation that aims to provide information and dissemination services, membership support, resources, advocacy and representation, research and policy development for our members, in home child care community and other interested parties.


Our Objectives

  • To work towards financial independence
  • To provide continuous improvement of quality within in home childcare provision, working towards a system of Quality Assurance
  • To inform and support members by developing a holistic communication strategy to enable In Home Care service providers to be informed and have input
  • To co-ordinate and identify issues specific to In Home Care Service Providers
  • To act as a body of research, education, publicity and submissions relating to In Home Care in Australia
  • To establish and seek out In Home Care networks and affiliations in Australia
  • To liaise with and seek opportunities to meet with Government and non Government organisations
  • To link with and establish auxiliary services
  • To act at all times in a non discriminatory manner regardless of race, religion, sex or political affiliation of any person.
State and Territory Advisory Reference Groups (STAG) PDF Print E-mail
Through the establishment of In-home care Reference Groups in each State and Territory and their interactions, NICA will represent In-home care services on a national level.  These reference groups  are made up of interested NICA members who represent  different sectors of the IHC community.  Today NICA primarily represents IHC providers, however also has members from other child care sector Associations.  They will be the platform NICA committee members are elected and also act as a consultative mechanism, providing feedback and information about issues relevant to and/or impacting on In-home care.
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