Family day care

Providing care and education for your child in the heart of the community

YWCA Canberra’s family day care provides professional and supervised care for children from birth to 12 years of age, in the private homes of the qualified and professional family day care educators we employ.

Our family day care educators provide a flexible home-learning environment, offering experiences including art and craft, science, music and physical activities. All our educators hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services and many hold Diplomas. They are also required to have a current Working with Vulnerable People Card, and current first aid training.

The benefit of the family day care service is its ability to be flexible. It can cater to families who need care after business hours and on the weekend.  It also caters for a diverse cultural community, and this is reflected by the educators who are employed at the service. Working collaboratively with families, the educators work to support children to connect with and retain their cultural identity and home language. Families often build strong connections with educators, with all siblings often attending the same educator’s home for education and care.

Our family day care program and educators are  supported by YWCA Canberra’s Quality Support Unit. The unit ensures that all educators are fully compliant with  national laws and regulations and that the educator’s homes are meeting all work health and safety requirements.  Our quality support officers work with families to ensure that children’s and family’s individual needs are met. They arrange replacement care for families if their regular educator is unavailable to provide care.

Our family day care program is approved for Child Care Subsidy.

Quality education and care

YWCA Canberra family day care educators are supported by professional and experienced coordinators, who monitor safety, children’s development, and educational programs provided for children. Programs are developed to reflect the interests, needs and cultures of the children in care. Quality support officers ensure that educators adhere to the standards and regulations set out in the National Quality Framework.

Educators attend regular in-service training sessions, and have access to additional support services, includind playgroups, a toy library, and equipment loans.

Benefiting children

Children benefit from family day care through:

  • opportunities to learn through play and exploration in a small group, home environment
  • participating in experiences provided to suit the children’s individual interests and needs
  • socialising with mixed age groups in family settings.

Flexible care

Family day care is a flexible service providing care according to the needs of families. This can include full-time or part-time care, school holiday care, after hours care, and before and after school care.


We currently employ professional educators in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Inner North.


Please refer to our list of Fees and Charges for Family Day Care services.


You can contact the Family Day Care Coordinator from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, on 04 4742 2047 or email fdcadmin@ywca-canberra.org.au

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