Information for Parents

familyIn-Home Care (IHC) is a flexible form of child care designed to accommodate the needs of families unable to access mainstream child care.  Families who wish to use IHC must meet the Eligibility Criteria.

Eligibility Criteria

In-Home care is targeted to families who:

  • have no access to existing child care services:
  • or their circumstances mean that an existing child care service cannot meet their needs and where the family meets one 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 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 Child Care Services may apply for 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 Child Care Service Provider.  This service is GST exempt.

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