Child care in Brisbane (Suburb Profile)

8+ childcare centre's found in Brisbane and another 30+ centres in adjoining suburbs of East Brisbane, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Herston


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Childcare Brisbane

The capital of Queensland is known for having good parks, good cafes, and a good family friendly outlook. Although a major thriving business city, Brisbane and its surrounding suburbs make an ideal place to call home. There are many long day care centres and child care centres that are convenient and accessible for families. Whether you are looking for long day care in Brisbane or casual care, there are many council run childcare centres as well as privately owned businesses. A great thing that makes Brisbane family friendly is the presence of outdoor spaces, recreational parks, and family friendly parks. From King George Square to the Botanic Gardens, there are plenty of spaces for fresh air and family fun when the kids aren’t in day care.

Moreover, Brisbane is well equipped with hospitals and doctor facilities in the case of emergencies. There are many 24 hour doctor clinics and hospitals that are accessible by public transport or car if your child gets ill. serious problems for children.

Accessibility & Transportation

Brisbane Council is committed to achieving equitable access and inclusion, so that everyone can use public facilities, participate in Brisbane Council programs and receive full benefits from Council services. Brisbane has one of the largest bus fleets in Australia, along with the iconic CityCat and CityFerry network. For more information about buses, CityCats, Council Cab, CityFerries and other transport services , visit the Translink website.

Childcare info

Brisbane is a family friendly city offering various options for childcare which include community or council based not for profit centres and private or commercial centres .

Brisbane Childcare centres usually operate for children from 0-6 years of age. Beyond 5/6 years of age a child is expected to be at school and most school's provide after school care.

Long day care
0-6 years

Brisbane Long Day Care centres aim to cater to working families by opening a minimum of 8-10 hours per day.

These centres offer child care and developmental programs including programs which preschools offer. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services

Pre school
3-6 years

Brisbane Pre schools offer development programs for children usually between the ages of 3-6. Preference is given to children who are about to start school. They are required to participate in the National Quality Improvement and Accreditation Scheme if they wish to offer fee subsidies to the families who use their services.

Family day care
0-6 years

Brisbane Family Day Care offers child care and developmental programs in the homes of registered carers. Each carer can care for up to 4- 5 children under school age. Each carer is registered with a family day care organization who oversee their quality and program and also help them obtain fee subsidies for families using their service.

Occasional care
0-6 years

Brisbane Occasional care services are for parents who need short periods of child care for children under school age. They can be used regularly or irregularly while parents shop, attend appointments or take a break from parenting. Fee subsidies are available.

Childcare cost and government subsidy (CCR & CCB)

Childcare in Brisbane can range from 80 dollars to 160 dollars a day. The cost depends on the childcare facilities, location and the brand. Some of the providers have invested in very well designed play areas and even employ a chef to cook quality meals for children at the centre itself. I know of one centre where kids are encourage to learn a 2nd language and provide teachers with the appropriate skills to teach the children.

The Australian Government provides families with two types of financial assistance to help cover the costs of approved child care - the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate. It is important to remember that while Child Care Benefit is based on family income, the Child Care Rebate is not income tested.

For detailed information on child care benefit (CCB) and child care rebate (CCR), visit the department of human services website.

National Quality Framework for childcare

The NQF framework assesses childcare centres against seven quality parameters. It is important for parents to check the same before selecting a childcare for their child. For more information on the quality rating visit the National quality Framework site

Demand vs Supply

Demand for affordable childcare in Brisbane outstrips the supply. Most community and council run child care centre's have a long wait list. With new private commercial centres opening recently, childcare spots availability have improved.

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