Early education

Find out about early childhood education and child care options. This can help you choose the right service and get support for your family.

Early childhood education and care is any service that cares for children before primary school. This includes day care, child care and preschool.

Get a payment

There are payments to help with costs of care.

Family Tax Benefit (FTB) is a 2-part payment that can help with the cost of raising a child.

Parenting Payment is income support you may be able to get if you’re the principal carer for a child:

  • under 8 if you’re single
  • under 6 if you’re partnered.

If your youngest child is older, you may be able to claim Jobseeker Payment.

Using child care

If you’re using child care, Child Care Subsidy (CCS) can help with the cost of care.

You may also be able to get Additional Child Care Subsidy if you’re in any of the following situations:

  • studying, training, looking for a job or working
  • in temporary financial hardship
  • caring for your grandchild.

Caring for a newborn or recently adopted child

If you’re caring for a newborn or recently adopted child, you may be able to get Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay.

Caring for a grandchild or foster child

If you’re caring for a child whose parents can’t care for them or have died, you may be able to get Double Orphan Pension.

Check what other payments we have for non-parent carers, including grandparent carers. There’s extra support for grandparent carers.

Use our online services

You can use our online services to:

  • claim and manage CCS, FTB and other payments
  • confirm a child care enrolment so you don’t miss out on CCS.

You can use your Centrelink online account through myGov or the Express Plus Centrelink mobile app.

If you need your child’s vaccination record, get an immunisation history statement using your Medicare online account through myGov or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app.

If you’re not yet set up for online services, find out how to create an online account.

Sign in to myGov

Find a child care service or preschool

Use Starting Blocks to find a child care service or preschool near you.

Every child can get a year of free or subsidised preschool or kindergarten. This must be the year before they start school. Read about finding and paying for preschool on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s Pregnancy, Birth and Baby website.

Before you enrol your child

You should claim CCS before your child starts care. Check who can get Child Care Subsidy.

Your child needs certain vaccinations before they start care. We cover the cost of all vaccines in the National Immunisation Program. To find out which ones your child needs, read about immunisation for children on the Department of Health and Aged Care website.

Page last updated: 15 July 2022