Family Day Care

YWCA Canberra’s Family Day Care provides professional and supervised care for children from birth to 12 years of age, in the private homes of qualified and professional family day care educators, who are employees of YWCA Canberra. All our educators hold, or are working towards, a Certificate III in Children’s Services. They are also required to have a current Working with Vulnerable People Card, and current first aid training.

Our Family Day Care Scheme is organised and supported by YWCA Canberra’s Central Coordination Unit. The Coordination Unit, when identifying an educator to provide care, works with families to ensure that children’s and family’s individual needs are met. They arrange replacement care for families if their regular educator is unavailable to provide care. Our Family Day Care Scheme is approved for the Child Care Subsidy.

In 2014, our wonderful Family Day Care Educator, LiXue (Amy) Mann was the recipient of the ACT Education and Care Gala Award for Excellence in Practice and Pedagogy for family day care. Read more in this blog post.

Quality education and care

YWCA Canberra educators are supported by professional and experienced coordinators, who monitor safety, children’s development, and educational programs provided for children. Programs are developed to reflect the interests, needs and cultures of the children in care. Coordinators ensure that educators adhere to the standards and regulations set out in the National Quality Framework.

Educators attend regular in-service training sessions, and have access to additional support services, such as playgroups, a toy library, and equipment loans.

Download the Family Day Care philosophy here.

Benefiting children

Children benefit from Family Day Care through:

  • Opportunities to learn through play and exploration in a small group, home environment
  • Participating in experiences  provided to suit the children’s individual interests and needs
  • Socialising with mixed age groups in family settings

Flexible care

Family Day Care is a flexible service providing care according to the needs of families. This can include full-time or part-time care, vacation care, after hours care, and before and after school care.


We currently employ qualified and experienced educators in the suburbs of Belconnen, Gungahlin and the Inner North.

The Coordination Unit is located at:

Level 2, 71 Northbourne Avenue ACT, 2601

Opening hours: 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday


Ph: 02 6185 2045

We look forward to discussing your child care needs with you. For further information about child care financial support available to families, see the My Child website. This program is jointly funded by parent fees and the Australian Government Department of Education.

Family day care enquiry form

Children's services: Family day care enrolment enquiry
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