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In Home Child CareNorthern Rivers Children's Services


In Home Care is the only Government funded and subsidised Nanny style childcare service where childcare is provided in the child’s own home.It is designed to help families who have no access to existing childcare services or families whose circumstances mean that existing childcare services cannot meet their needs.

In Home Care (IHC) was introduced in June 2001 as a flexible form of child care designed to accommodate the needs of families for whome other forms of Australian Government approved child care is not suitable.  Unlike other child care types, IHC is only available to a child who meets certain eligibility criteria as prescribed by law.

Eligibility requirements for In Home Care:

In-Home Care is only to be provided to a child:

1)     to whom only an In-Home Care service can provide suitable care; and

2)     to whom one of the following circumstances applies:

  • the child has, or lives with another child who has, an illness or a disability
  • the child’s Parent/Guardian or that person's partner (if any) has an illness or disability that affects their capacity to care for the child
  • the child lives in a rural or remote area
  • the work hours of the child’s Parent/Guardian or that person's partner (if any) are (or include) the hours during which no other approved child care service (other than an approved IHC service) operates that could otherwise provide care
  • the child’s guardian Parent/Guardian or that person's partner (if any) is caring for three or more children who have not yet commenced school.

Criterion (1) is satisfied if, in relation to the child, either the child cannot,

  •   because of his/her circumstances be provided with suitable child care except by an In Home Care service
  •   or there is no child care place available to the child during the hours for which care is required, other than one provided by  an approved In Home Care service.

We currently have In Home Care Educators throughout the Northern Rivers area from Woodburn in the south, Byron Bay in the East, Old Bonalbo in the West and Tweed Heads in the North. If your residence is within these paremeters or nearby, and you meet at least one of the above criteria, please give us a call or apply.

To download the IHC Handbook click here

For more information or to apply for In Home Care click here

For information on becoming an IHC Educator click here

Contact Details:

In Home Care Coordinator
Tweed Office
Charlotte Lynch
Tweed Heads Office
PO box 512
4 Park Street

Phone: 07 55875313