Where to get started?

If you've decided that you would like to use child care and early learning service but don't know where to start, here are some helpful hints.

  1. Choose the child care and early learning option that is right for you.
    There are many different types of child care and early learning services available, so it is important to find one that best suits your family situation. Talk to family and friends about what has worked for them.
    We have provided some information on the different types of early learning and care options available. Once you have decided on the type of care you would like, you can search for a Child Care Benefit approved child care service through the Find a Local Child Care Centre feature on this site.
  2. Contact a Child Care Benefit approved child care service
    When you have decided which child care and early learning service you would like to use, you should call the service to find out about enrolment and fees.
  3. Apply for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate
    Once you have enrolled your child with a Child Care Benefit approved child care service, you can apply online for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, through the Department of Human Services Online Services site.
    Details on these payments can be found on this site or at the Department of Human Services website or call 13 61 50.

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