Childcare Application

You are welcome to apply for care within our Early Education Centres, Family Day Care program or both service types via the separate online forms below. 




We accept applications after a child's birth. We encourage parents to submit their application as soon as possible after their child is born. The sooner parents/carers submit their application, the better.


In accordance with Australian Government legislation, our Early Education Centres and Family Day Care Educators are not permitted to accept children into care unless they have been fully immunised, are on a catch up immunisation schedule or have a valid medical exemption.

Additional Information

The following considerations may assist you with your application:

  • We recommend nominating an earlier preferred care start date than you actually require. This might result in you being offered a position, for example, one or two months before you return to work. Some parents use this as an opportunity to gradually settle their child into care (i.e. shorter days to begin with) and create their new family routine. Parents often tell us their return to work is much smoother in the knowledge their child is already familiar with their new care environment. 
  • For Family Day Care, you can apply for any number of Family Day Care Educators to suit your geographic needs via the separate Family Day Care Application Form above.
  • For Early Education Centres, you may apply for up to three individual centres via the separate Early Education Centre Application Form above. Please phone 9710 0466 if you would like to add more centre locations to your Early Education Centre application.
  • When considering geographic locations for a service, think about the way in which you travel to work. If you take the train, is there a different station you could depart from which would position you near one of our other services? Is there an alternative driving route which would take you past some of our other services?
  • If you’re returning to work part-time, and have flexibility with your work days, ask our Customer Service team or your nominated Family Day Care Educator/s about days of week where demand is lower.
  • If you have the flexibility to travel to many/any areas of the Shire for childcare, contact our Customer Service team to enquire about areas where demand is lower.
  • Some people choose to place their child in care near where they work. If work is some distance from home, consider whether your child would still attend care if you were home ill, or if you have multiple children whether one would attend care if his/her sibling was ill. Would somewhere near home or work best suit your family?
  • The largest intake of children into care is at the start of a calendar year. The reason is because some children leave to start primary school, creating vacancies across various age groups. Having said that, vacancies do arise throughout the year.
  • If for any reason you decline a position with us, you remain on our database as you were. 

Our team is here to assist with queries regarding our application process or your specific childcare needs. Phone 9710 0466.

 Making Changes to Existing Applications

You are welcome to make changes to your application anytime after applying for care. This includes changes to:

  • your contact details
  • the date your care is required
  • the days you require care for 

For changes to Early Education Centre applications: phone 9710 0466 or email

For Family Day Care applications: please make direct contact with the Educator/s you applied for care with.

  • Children's Services Home
  • What's On
  • Early Education Centres
  • Family Day Care
  • Apply for Care

(02) 9710 0466

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