Childcare Options for Children in Australia

When we first arrived in Australia at the tail end of 2007 my daughter Elizabeth was just 3 1/2 years old. Back in England she had attended a nursery school, when we arrived here we discovered we had to find a different kind of place for her to mince clogs with other kids. It was called a…

Kindy

Kindy, of course, is short for kindergarten and kindergarten originates from the German word of the same spelling. It means “children’s garden”.

Whether you call it a preschool, nursery, playgroup or kindergarten matters not, whichever word is used we are clearly talking about childcare and early childhood education.

kindy kidsElizabeth is now 9 and is what is called here in Australia a Grade 4 student, her kindy days are well and truly behind her. As a result of that, and also Mrs Bobinoz having everything regarding Elizabeth’s education under control, I haven’t really written much about childcare in Australia.

All I really know about the process is that in those early days, one of the very first things we had to do on arrival here in Australia and before Elizabeth could go to kindy, was to register with Centrelink.

No Centrelink Number = No Kindy

That, I’m afraid, is about the extent of my knowledge when it comes to daycare, childcare and any other kiddie like decisions that those moving to Australia need to make on arrival, and often need to make quite fast.

Fortunately though, I got an email couple of weeks ago from Rebecca who runs a website called…

Daycare Decisions

Rebecca’s website is relatively new, but it’s already packed with some fantastic information. When Rebecca contacted me, she wondered if I could circulate information about one particular article she had written through my Facebook page.

I thought that this information was so important, especially as I’m not really covering this stuff, that I decided to circulate it amongst EVERYBODY who reads my website which is why I have written this post.

Frankly, I think it must have taken Rebecca ages to do all the research she’s done to create the following page, so I’m glad I don’t need to.

So, whilst I try and work out what I’m going to do with all the time I’ve saved, I suggest you take a look at this page and drop your jaw at the amount of information available to help out those with kiddies aged 2 to 7 and even older.

Got Kids? Then Visit:

The page is called “Australian Childcare for Expats“, but there are many more pages on this great new website to check out. like these…

So, now, what am I going to do with myself? Shame it’s not summer here, otherwise I’d be…

Relaxing on the beach

Relaxing on the beach

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  • Virginia G June 4, 2015, 1:42 pm | Link

    Ah, bummer, the website is gone now. Or at least I get a 404 error. We’re hoping to move to Australia next year with the US military, and I could have used that information! Thanks for your great site.

    • BobinOz June 4, 2015, 9:09 pm | Link

      If you mean the link to Daycare Decisions, I just clicked on it and its working fine. May have been a temporary problem, give it another go if you can.

      Cheers, Bob

      • Virginia G June 8, 2015, 10:35 am | Link

        How strange…maybe it’s not accessible in Korea, because I still get the 404 error. I’ll try another browser when I get home. Thanks for responding!

        • BobinOz June 8, 2015, 9:04 pm | Link

          It gets even stranger Virginia, I’ve just clicked on it again and now it doesn’t work for me either. It would appear that Rebecca who runs the website has removed the specific page I have linked to, maybe the information became out of date.

          Leave it with me, I will contact her this week and find out if there is a new equivalent page that I can link to instead.

          Cheers, Bob

          • BobinOz June 16, 2015, 5:04 pm | Link

            Hi Virginia

            Good news. Rebecca has now got back to me, there was a technical problem with the page which has now been fixed. The link is now clickable and there are a couple more links as well that many people might find useful.

            Thanks for letting me know about this, good luck, Bob

            • Virginia G June 24, 2015, 3:47 pm | Link

              Thanks for the follow-up! You’re very kind to make a special effort. I look forward to reading it. I should probably wait until after work, though.

              • BobinOz June 25, 2015, 12:02 am | Link

                You were reading my website whilst you were at work? Naughty naughty 🙂

  • djmcbell March 27, 2014, 6:37 pm | Link

    To give some UK perspective, we’re currently going round trying to get our six-month-old into various daycares. So far we’ve got him in at two (though one is a “last resort” place which got an awful Ofsted report and apparently doesn’t keep cupboards and doors locked!) and are trying for a third which is convenient to where we live and work, though for some reason they only accept applications 4 weeks before a child starts.

    The care at the place I’ve been to (not the dodgy-sounding one) seems good – everything is taken care of and it’s three kids to an adult at that age, with plenty to do. The price however is a different story (£40 a day is the average), though fortunately we do get £20 a week in child benefit and I’ll be sacrificing some of my wage to get childcare vouchers (where you can get some back, tax-free, though I think the government are stopping that soon). This’ll mean our son is in childcare two days a week, and my wife’s parents have agreed to look after him the other three days.

    • djmcbell March 27, 2014, 10:24 pm | Link

      Sorry, should point out that £40 a day seems to be the average price across the UK.

      • BobinOz March 28, 2014, 2:25 pm | Link

        Thanks for the comparison, sounds as though the cost of daycare in the UK, and its availability, isn’t much different to how it is here in Australia. Here, I’m told, costs range between $60 and $80 a day although I did read that some places in North Shore, Sydney, were charging $160 a day.

        But then again, you need to be a millionaire to live in North Shore anyway.

        Hope you find somewhere suitable for your little one, cheers, Bob

        • djmcbell October 20, 2014, 7:10 pm | Link

          To reply to this, we’ve had a few ups and downs.

          We got our son into the place by my work, which was run out of a government-owned building. This was about £43 a day. Unfortunately, the week before he was due to start, they announced they’d be closing as the government wanted more money for the lease and they couldn’t afford to pay. This was incredibly annoying. We had a few months to find somewhere (I do walk past it regularly and it’s rather sad to see the building closed down now) but decided to find somewhere asap, whilst my wife was still on maternity leave.

          There was a place that I looked at but this was a tad more expensive, plus we would have had to pay a hefty deposit up front and was further away.

          Thankfully we got my son in at another place which is subsidised by my wife’s work, meaning it’s pretty cheap, and our son loves it! We were lucky as we cancelled his place initially (we’d gotten him in beforehand but cancelled it as we got him in at this new place) but thankfully it was still available.

          • BobinOz October 20, 2014, 9:05 pm | Link

            All’s well that ends well, as they say. You can’t beat childcare that is subsidised by your employer, that’s an excellent perk.

            Best of all, your boy loves it. Excellent!

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