Child care in Perth (Suburb Profile)

13+ childcare centre's found in Perth and another 36 centres in adjoining suburbs of Bayswater, Mount Lawley, Subiaco, West Perth, East Perth, South Perth

680+

Number of approved childcare /daycare spots

13+

Number of childcare childcare /daycare centres

5-7%

Growth rate of childcare centres

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Childcare Perth

The residents of Perth often say that the ‘west is the best’, and this is for many reasons. Perth is a vibrant city that has beautiful landscapes and lots of interesting history. With arguably the best weather in Australia, Perth is a wonderful place to call home. Whether you are looking for long day care in Perth or casual child care, there are many council run childcare centres as well as privately owned businesses. Even better, Perth has a great public transport system and ample car parking around child care centres so you can easily access them. One of the main reasons Perth is so family friendly is because of the countless outdoor spaces and recreational facilities. From the King Park and Botanic Gardens to the Langley Park, these are great, affordable ways to spend the weekends when you don’t need child care services. Finally, Perth has many hospitals and emergency doctor clinics in the case of unexpected illness for your child. The South Perth Hospital and the Royal Perth Hospital are just some of the hospital clinics around the city.

Accessibility & Transportation

The City of Perth is committed to “Universal Access and Inclusion” rather than “access for people with disabilities”, with the emphasis on mainstream facilities and services being accessible for all including children, seniors, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, tourists, and people with disabilities. For more information on accessability visit the City of Perth's website.

Public transport can be a quick and convenient option for many trips. The City of Perth is the primary destination for public transport with connections to all of metropolitan Perth. Instead of risking traffic, try the bus or train. You can sit back and relax, save on car running and parking costs and avoid the hassles of driving while helping the environment!. For more informtion on the transport options visit the the City of Perth's website.

Childcare info

Perth 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 .

Perth 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

Perth 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

Perth 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

Perth 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

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

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