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Choosing child care

child; care; childcare; carer; ;

Different kinds of care suit different children and children at different ages. Parents need to think about the special needs of their own children and try to find the care that suits their family best. Check out the kinds of care that are available in your area, meet the carers and talk about what they can offer your child.

Research shows that the quality of child care is more important to a child's development and relationships with their parents and other children, than whether a child spends some time in child care.

More information

To find out much more about child care have a look at these topics, and many other topics about child care on the Raising Children Network  http://raisingchildren.net.au/ 

Child Care Benefit

A payment to help with the cost of day care, outside school hours care, vacation care, pre-school and kindergarten.

For more information have a look at the Department of Human Services site:


The mychild.gov.au website is Australia's online child care portal. On this website you will find information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care. You can also search a database to find child care centres in your local area. In many cases, you will also be able to find the services' vacancy and fee information. 

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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