Australia’s childcare is being provided by some state-run centres and private sector centres. The National Childcare Trust offers a number of childcare facilities including daycare, children’s centres and nurseries for infants and children below six years of age. The Government has also introduced a childcare tax credit scheme to encourage more parents to take part in early childhood education and learning. The Government will also cover childcare centres at up to half of their operating cost on a per-child basis up to a specified level based on current enrolments, as from 2 March next year.
The National Childcare Trust’s website provides details of various childcare centres, and there is a searchable database of childcare providers and contact details. A full-time teacher can teach one to three infants or children up to two years old. Teachers working in a childcare centre have a contract for up to six months. During this time, they may have the opportunity to teach an infant or toddler a skill such as reading and writing. These are usually skills that children need from a very young age.
The National Childcare Trust operates a voluntary organisation which has been set up by the Department for Education and the Department of Health. This organisation aims to improve the provision of childcare and to ensure that all children are provided with the best possible care and development. It also aims to create a culture that encourages parents to be involved in the care of their children. It works with other agencies and organisations to ensure that all families have access to quality childcare.
The National Childcare Trust website offers information on the types of centres and childcare providers that it operates. The site also provides details of how many children or babies are in care and what age group they fall into. This will allow parents to find a centre that is appropriate for their family and the type of child that they have. Some of the key areas covered by the Trust include childcare for infants, toddlers and children aged between one and two years. Other areas covered include care for the elderly, special education needs, school-age children and care for disabled or physically handicapped children.
When looking for a childcare centre, the National Childcare Trust website provides links to all relevant sites and details about how to contact a childcare provider. It also provides links to childcare tax credit eligibility and benefits. If parents or guardians find that they are eligible to receive any of these benefits, they can find out if the provider can offer them.
Once the parents or guardians have found a childcare centre that they can afford, the nursery will then become their responsibility. The parents or guardians will have full responsibility for the care and development of the child until the child reaches the age of two. In some cases, the child may remain at the centre until the end of primary school. The parent or guardians can then make arrangements to return the child to the nursery on completion of primary school.