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Family Day Care

Greater Dandenong Family Day Care is a not for profit, Council owned and operated, home-based child care service, providing quality child care to our community for over 40 years.

Our family day care service provides flexible child care options for children 0-12 years old.

Our educators are qualified, passionate and experienced and are committed to providing an early learning program tailored to meet the care and learning needs of every child. 

We understand that partnerships with families and the community are vital to providing an environment where every child belongs and thrives.

For enrolments and further information, contact the Family Day Care office on 8571 1805 or email

Educator locations

Dandenong, Noble Park, Springvale, Keysborough, Clayton, Rowville, Wantirna South, Lynbrook, Lyndhurst, Narre Warren, Cranbourne, Hampton Park, Berwick, Clyde North, Ashburton and surrounding suburbs. 

The Family Day Care experience includes:

  • Flexible hours including late evening, overnight and weekend care
  • Safe, home environment
  • Low hourly care rate
  • Option for families and siblings to remain together in care
  • Incursions and excursions
  • Playgroup
  • Qualified, well supported educators
  • Before and After School Care and Kindergarten transport available

Our Family Day Care Educators will:

  • Support families’ choices and decision making
  • Ensure that children experience safe and stimulating learning environments
  • Help children to establish secure attachments and develop self-regulation
  • Develop learning programs that are responsive to each child and build on their culture, strengths, interests and knowledge
  • Listen to, hear and consider the views and feelings of each child
  • Demonstrate respect for and understanding of the views of other professionals and families when communicating and interacting across cultures
  • Ensure that every child experiences success
  • Work with all families to promote the importance of having high expectations for their children
  • Initiate warm, trusting and reciprocal relationships with children and their families

For more information, visit the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority 

Family Day Care Fees

Help with your childcare costs

Family Day Care fees are competitive and affordable. Educators set their own hourly rates.

The approved Greater Dandenong Family Day Care Fee Range 2023-24 has been set between $10 and $13 per standard hour of care. 

The Federal Government helps families with the cost of child care. Check your eligibility at the Department of Human Services website or contact Families Line on 136 150.

Name Levy Description
Council Family Day Care Levy $2.00

Please note costs also includes a Council Service Levy (per hour)


Careers in Family Day Care

Greater Dandenong Family Day Care has been in operation since 1972, establishing themselves as a leading local service provider of accredited home-based family day care in a child and family friendly environment.

Greater Dandenong Family Day Care is a multicultural service dedicated to providing a safe, secure and comfortable environment for children of all ages.

Educators have the support of a field officer, the business support unit and the coordination team. Council's field officers are highly skilled professionals offering ongoing support to Educators in their home.  Coming from many different cultural backgrounds gives the Educators excellent communicate skills using  diverse languages that Greater Dandenong represents.

Why work for us?

Greater Dandenong Family Day has:

  • High quality service delivery
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Independent fee setting
  • Online timesheet submission
  • Free professional development program
  •  Free playgroup
  • Low educator to field office ratio

For further information or to become an educator, contact the Family Day Care Team on 8571 1805.

Family Day Care Educator information

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Visit Family Day Care Australia website