Family day care

For more than 40 years Waverley Council has proudly provided a unique form of home-based child care known as Family Day Care, which provides a familiar, safe and secure learning environment with a maximum of four children (0-5 years) in care.

Current research confirms the importance of strong relationships with significant adults to a child’s early learning; Family Day Care’s small group environment facilitates strong bonds and promotes effective early learning and social development.

Family Day Care can offer care during standard working hours, evenings, before/after school, during school holidays and in some cases overnight and weekends. It provides education and care for children from babies to school age; offering the possibility for siblings to be cared for together, all in one location.

The Educators

Family day care educators are approved early childhood education and care professionals who engage in the principles and practices of the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and work within the requirements of the National Quality Framework.

The educator providers are resourced and supported by Council’s Co-ordination Unit team.

Children benefit from Family Day Care through:

  • Opportunities to learn through play and exploration in a small group in a home environment
  • Developing a close relationship with one childcare educator
  • Socialising with mixed age groups in family settings
  • Participating in activities provided to suit the child's individual needs - such as singing, story-telling, make believe, play and creative experiences
  • Community outings which may include visits to the library and parks, shopping and playgroups
  • Learning about tolerance and acceptance of families and children with different cultures, lifestyles and needs.

For further information visit Family Day Care Australia’s website

Want to be on our Family Day Care Waiting List?

Please register your interest by filling in a Waiting List Application Form.

We accept applications to the waiting list after your child has been born.

Contact Us

Waverley Family Day Care Coordination Unit
28 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
Phone 9083 8785 (Office Hours)

Enrolling your child in Family Day Care

The Coordination Unit is the initial contact point for advice and information about Family Day Care. They will work with you to match your child care needs with the best care environment for your child taking account of diversity of language, culture and ability to ensure the right fit between children, educators and their respective families.

Pending availability, you will usually have the opportunity to meet with a number of educators in selecting the service that best meets your needs. The Coordination Unit may also offer relief care if your usual educator is unwell or plans to take leave.

Fees and Charges

Fees and charges are advertised here, include a small administration levy and are paid directly to the Family Day Care Educator. Some child care rebates can be claimed through our Family Day Care scheme.

To see if you are eligible please visit the Family Assistance office (FAO).

Parent Testimonials

"I cannot speak highly enough of our family day care, it’s like a home away from home for my daughter. It is a kind, caring and nurturing environment which my daughter enjoys every day. She has developed wonderfully from going and she is a chatty, sociable, playful little girl, who enjoys story time and educational activities." Claire, mother of Sophia at a Waverley Family Day Care home

"I cannot be happier with the quality of care that my son receives. FDC is such a great introduction to formal care - small groups with the opportunity for one on one attention in home environment. I've found all the staff, and the scheme as a whole, to be very professional, with the care of the child front and foremost." Laura Bishop, mother of Freddie at a Waverley Family Day Care home

"Family day care is excellent. We have two carers for our only son Max, both are great with him. We really feel he gets 'child care' as opposed to child minding. He is learning a lot, more than parents alone can teach him. It's great to see the different skills he is learning every week, particularly the emphasis on social norms and creativity. We notice and wholeheartedly support the amount of time and attention dedicated by the carers just to him!" Catherine and Matt, parents to Max at a Waverley Family Day Care home

"I love family day care. I started sending my eldest child when she was just under the age of 1. Now, a couple of years later, with another child aged 1, they both attend together. I love that both my girls can play and be together, even when I am not around, in a warm family environment. There are never any staff changes, never the need to get used to a new environment or set up, which can be challenging for some children. I recommend all my friends to try out family day care when they are looking at day care options. I am indebted to the Waverley Family Day Care. Thank you." Naomi, mother of two daughters at a Waverley Family Day Care home