Information for Parents
In-Home Care (IHC) is a flexible form of childcare designed to accommodate the needs of families unable to access mainstream childcare. Families who wish to use In-Home Care must meet the Eligibility Criteria.
In-Home care is targeted to families who:
- Have no access to existing childcare services
- Or their circumstances mean that an existing childcare service cannot meet their needs and where the family meets one or more of the following criteria:
- The child has, or lives with another child who has an illness or disability;
- The child’s guardian (or guardian’s partner) has an illness or disability that affects their ability to care for the child;
- The child lives in a rural and remote area;
- The work hours of the child’s guardian (or guardian’s partner) are hours when no other approved childcare service is available; or
- The child’s guardian (or guardian’s partner) is caring for three of more children who have not yet started school.
How much does it cost?
Families using NSW In-Home Childcare Services may apply for the Child Care Benefit. The fee for care is calculated on an hourly rate depending on the number of children in care and the hours of care. Any additional costs involved in care (transport, travel to and from the parent’s home, meals and outings) are to be negotiated between the family and Educator and is not subject to Government subsidy. A Registration fee is payable to the In-Home Childcare Service Provider. This service is GST exempt.
For more information about applying for Child Care Benefit and other subsidies you may be eligible for go to: the Child Care Benefit Information website.
You can request an application by using the ”Contact Us” button below. Once the application has been completed and sent to your local In-Home Childcare Service Provider, the process will continue as follows.
The application and eligibility will be assessed by NSW In-Home Childcare Services in accordance to the Priority of Access Guidelines set by the Department of Education and Training.
- Where eligible and depending on educator availability.
- A time to visit the home be arranged.
- Home safety procedures discussed.
- Best Practices discussed.
- Utilising the New South Wales In-Home Childcare Service Family Booklet topics covered include:
- New South Wales In-Home Childcare Service Policies
- Administration of Child Care Benefit/Child Care Rebate
- Educator interviews
- Health and safety
- Once registered, contact New South Wales In-Home Childcare Service for your website area access code.
- Care commences.
Feeding and bathing time is still a challenge but with an extra pair of hands it’s much less stressful, hence, we have relaxed and happy babies. We are very lucky to be part of this wonderful service.
Rebecca and Brent Gasper – Parents of triplet girls Emily, Lilly and Chloe