COVID-19: Childcare services
Under Stage 4 restrictions, from Thursday 6 August, Early Childhood Education and Care services in metropolitan Melbourne should only remain open to provide education and care for those children whose parents or carers are permitted workers and for vulnerable children.
This includes childcare, pre-schools and kindergartens.
For further information contact your service provider or visit Victorian Department of Education and Training (Vic DET).
We offer a range of childcare options for families including full time, part time and occasional care for children from birth to 5 years of age.
We recommend families visit a range of child care services to choose the most suitable one for your child’s needs.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when choosing a child care service:
- How many hours of care do I need? (eg. whole day, mornings, afternoons, few hours a week, occasionally etc.)
- Do I want my child cared for in a home environment or in a centre?
- What kind of qualifications and experiences do staff members have?
- Does the centre offer a Department of Education and Early Childhhood Development (DEECD) funded pre-school program?
- What learning and play opportunities do I want my child to have?
- What kind of routine will my child have?
- Do I want the centre to provide lunch? Can I have a look at a sample meal plan?
- Does the centre provide nappies?
- What is the carer-to-child ratio?