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Reliable Family Day Care on the Coffs Coast

Coffs Harbour Family Day Care is the only local provider of home-based family day care services on the Coffs Coast. Our service has been run by members of the local Coffs Harbour community for 30 years.

Because our family day care services are home-based, with only a small group of children per educator (carer), your child will spend quality time in a safe and familiar environment. Children will be able to play and learn while being cared for in the home of a qualified educator.

The intimacy of the home-based setting encourages a caring and social interaction between children of mixed ages and develops the skills they need for a good start in life.

While our educators provide the primary care for your child in their home, the Coffs Harbour Family Day Care Coordination Unit manages and administers the service. Your first contact is with us and we will organise your request for family day care and monitor your child’s welfare in care.

Who can attend & where:

  • Children aged 0 to school age, i.e. babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers
  • School-aged children (before and after school care and vacation care)
  • Coffs Harbour area, from Corindi to Bonville and west to Nana Glen

Flexible hours

Our educators offer a variety of hours and days for childcare. Some also offer evening, overnight and weekend care. Please contact us to enquire about the availability of weekend care.

Fees & rebate information

You will be able to access family day care for an affordable fee. Coffs Harbour Family Day Care sets the fees for each service. Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Rebate (CCR) are provided by the Australian Government to assist with the cost of care.

Finding the right educator for your child

We have a network of more than 50 educators in the wider Coffs Harbour area. We know the days and hours they are offering care and will try to match your needs with regard to location and hours with the most suitable educator for your child.

Quick facts about our family day care services:

  • All our educators have been fully checked and approved as suitable persons to work with children and providing a safe home environment.
  • Our educators care for groups of up to 4 children not attending school and up to a total of 7 children under 13, which includes the educator’s own children, if any.
  • We follow a ‘best practice’ of one child under 12 months old per educator at any one time.
  • Our educators implement appropriate programs which include fun activities and experiences that follow the child’s interests and will assist them in their development and learning.
  • Coffs Harbour Family Day Care provides full support and training to our educators to ensure their professionalism. Staff visit educators on a regular basis to support and monitor the quality of care provided.
  • We provide a 24 hour on call service for families and educators.
  • Coffs Harbour Family Day Care is regulated under the Education and Care Services National Regulations and the Child Care and Protection Act of 1988.

What do I need to do to find care?

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Care form available from the home page of our website or contact the office and provide the details of your care requirements for the placement list
  2. Once care is available you will be contacted and provided contact details of the educators that have vacancies that match your requirements.
  3. You then need to contact the educators and arrange an interview time.
  4. Once you have chosen the educator contact the office on 66527819 to arrange a time to enrol your child.

What do I need to bring for the enrolment interview?

  • Customer Reference Number (CRN) for yourself and the child or children you wish to enrol.
  • Details of emergency contacts. name, address, phone, mobile number.
  • Doctors details.
  • Dentist details (if any)
  • Medicare card.
  • Details of Health Fund and Ambulance Fund.
  • Custody Orders(if any)
  • Medical Management Plans. E.g. allergy management, asthma management
  • $40.00 Annual Registration fee.
  • Immunisation History Statement. This can be accessed via the following link: http://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-childhood-immunisation-register

More information

Read our Parent Handbook 2017 to access more details about using Coffs Harbour Family Day Care for your child’s education and care

Have you read through our About Us section yet?

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting, please contact us.


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Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

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