Family Day Care


Council's Family Day Care Co-ordination unit is based at the Goldfields Family Centre.

There are currently four educators delivering the Family Day Care service in the Central Goldfields Shire.

Council’s Family Day Care Scheme offers quality childcare that is based in a home environment. The service can look after children from birth to 12 years of age.

All educators registered with the scheme are closely monitored and must comply with regulatory requirements outlined by the government. They are resourced and supported by the Council.

The Family Day Care Service is licensed by the Department of Education and Training under the direct governance of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 and Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011.


Goldfields Family Centre Family Day Care scheme has 4 educators employed within its scheme. Three located within the Central Goldfields Shire Council Maryborough and one located in the Pyrenees Shire Council in Avoca.

All our services are very diverse in what they have to offer the families. We have in venue care, before and after school care within the home, five days a week in home care and 4 days a week shorter hours care. All very different environments catering for all the families locally.

All educators report to the coordination unit which is located at 100 Napier Street Maryborough and seek ongoing support from the coordinator unit.

All services have available car parking out the front.

The Family Day Care service is flexible. Educators work different hours depending on the needs of the families in their care.

This can range from early mornings, late evenings, weekends, overnight care and emergency care.


Eligible families are entitled to the Child Care Subsidy to assist families with accessing affordable chid care. Further information is available at Australian Government - Department of Human Services or by calling 13 61 50.

Central Goldfields Shire Council Family Day Care Philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide a community of learning for all children, families, and educators, within a healthy and respectful environment where everyone has a right to feel safe, be heard and have opportunities to take acceptable risks. Our practice is underpinned by principles of shared learning, secure, respectful relationships, reflective practice, and professionalism. We put our children - their learning, safety, and well-being - at the heart of everything we do.

We strive to provide a culturally inclusive emotionally safe environment where we all feel accepted and welcomed. Our differences and abilities are supported including and valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. We believe in promoting sustainable practices in everyday learning. Educators, children, and families work together to show a growing appreciation for the natural environment.

We value holistic education and advocate for all children’s right to quality learning experiences. We view children as capable, competent learners rich in potential and able to engage in deep learning. We acknowledge that learning can happen anywhere and at any time. Within Goldfields Family Centre’s diverse settings, we aim to provide programs which are responsive to children, are based on research and knowledge-based evidence on how children learn and develop.

We are dedicated to collaborating with and embracing our wider community – both locally and more broadly in the early childhood sector.

At Goldfields Family Centre we are committed to continuing to reflect on what we do and how we do it at all levels of the organisation. We will ensure that we are all embracing change and ongoing improvement to continue being leaders and role models in early childhood education.

 For more information about Council's Family Day Care service contact the Goldfields Family Centre on 5461 6500 or email.