Types of Child Care

Outside School Hours Care

This includes Before and After School Care and Vacation Care for primary school aged children. 

Outside School Hours Care programs (OSHC) are usually held on site at the primary school where the children attend and are managed either by the school or an external agent.  Some private child care centres also offer an OSHC service and may collect and deliver children to school. 

Contact the Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305 for information regarding OSHC programs in your area. 

The City of Casey provides advice, assistance, support and resources to providers of OSHC programs.  This includes regular in-service training and networking opportunities for service providers. 

Occasional Care

Occasional care provides flexible care for children aged 0 – 6.

Occasional care services are responsive to the needs of the community and can be accessed by families on a regular or irregular basis. When using occasional care services families only pay for the hours in which they use the care.

The Adult, Community and Further Education child care program, funded by the Victorian Government, provides occasional child care to enable parents to participate in adult, community and further education courses.

Occasional care is a licensed service and regulated by the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 and Children's Services Regulations 2009.

Long Day Care

Long Day Care Centres provide care primarily for 0-6 year olds giving priority to parents who are working, studying or training for work, or actively looking for work.  Education and care programs are provided based on the developmental needs, interests and experience of each child.  Centres typically operate for at least 8 hours per day on normal working days for a minimum of 48 weeks per year.

Long Day Care is subject to the Victorian Children's Services Act 1996 and the Children's Services Regulations 1988.  Funding for long day care is the responsibility of the Australian Government.  To provide Child Care Benefit a Long Day Care Centre must be registered and accredited with the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

Family Day Care

Family Day Care is a Council-sponsored child care service. Family Day Care Providers are registered with the Council to provide care and a learning environment for children from birth to 12 years. Children receive individual care in a home environment, with a maximum four children under school age or a total of seven children including school age children. The Councils coordination Unit supports Care Providers through regular home visits and by offering ongoing training and resources. 

Family Day Care is an affordable and flexible service which is funded by the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (DEEWR). Family Day Care is also a government regulated and accredited service.

Providers of Child Care

  • City of Casey sponsored Family Day Care program offering care in the homes of registered care providers.  
  • Community owned and managed children's services offering long day care 
  • Privately owned and managed children's services offering long day care and before and after school care.