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Family day care

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Family day care is a home-based childcare program operated by Maroondah City Council. It is a high-quality, professional, flexible and affordable service responsive to the needs of children and families in the Maroondah municipality.

It is aimed primarily at children from birth to 5 years, but can also assist school children up to the age of 12 years (and beyond in special or emergency situations). 

Family day care has an emphasis on security, warmth, learning and fun in a small group and family home environment. 

Maroondah also has occasional day care services, and there are privately run and community-managed long day care centres.

Family day care is a Commonwealth Government-funded childcare program operated by Maroondah City Council. It is legislated under the Education and Care National Law and the Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.

When is it available?

The family day care service operates 52 weeks of the year, 7 days a week, making it particularly suitable for parents who have unusual work hours or need extended hours of child care for their children.

Who can use it?

Maroondah Family Day Care provides affordable childcare for families who live, work or study in the Maroondah municipality. 


The cost of FDC is $11.40 per hour without the Child Care Subsidy.

What does it provide?

Maroondah Family Day Care provides:

  • small family groups
  • flexible hours
  • affordable rates
  • carefully selected and trained educators
  • developmentally appropriate and individually planned daily experiences for children in care
  • 24-hour emergency support for educators
  • monitoring of all children in care
  • strict safety guidelines in educators' homes
  • weekly playgroup programs that focus on creative, stimulating and developmentally appropriate activities
  • care for school-age children during school holidays
  • care for children with special needs or a disability
  • pre-school and school drop-off and pick-up (where possible) for children in care.

What would my child be doing?

Educators provide experiences and activities for children that:

  • are developmentally appropriate
  • are relevant to children's interests and skills
  • cater for diverse cultural backgrounds and special needs. 

Children are also included in normal daily household routines such as cooking, shopping and visiting friends, relatives or other places.

Number of children

Each educator may educate and care for up to 4 preschool children at any one time.

There are also no more than an extra 3 school-aged children cared for before and after school or during school holidays. 

We are dedicated to quality care

Maroondah Family Day Care carefully selects and screens educators and provides ongoing training and support. All educators have current approved first aid, anaphylaxis and asthma certificates. Educators must also hold a minimum qualification of Certificate 3 in Childcare.

Our experienced staff arrange placements to suit the needs of the family and educator and monitors the progress of children in care. 

We also monitor children in care outside office hours and provide a 24-hour emergency on-call service to educators to ensure support in emergency situations and enhance continuity of service provision for parents.

If you would like to enrol your child in family day care:

  1. Contact Maroondah Family Day Care on 9294 5742. We will first arrange an interview to discuss your needs.
  2. After the interview, you can enrol online 

Families may be eligible for the childcare subsidy, which is available through Centrelink from the Federal Government. 

Information on fees and childcare subsidies is available by contacting us on 9294 5742.

Changes to the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate

Please note that the previous Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate changed on Friday 29 June 2018.

To find out more, visit the Department of Education and Training website

Payments for Maroondah Family Day Care can only be made online once you are enrolled and logged in to our parent portal:

Parent portal login

Further information

To find out more about Family Day Car, contact Maroondah Family Day Care on 9294 5742.

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