Placement Care

Placement care is a child care initiative announced as part of the Commonwealth's Stronger Families and Communities Strategy. Announced by the Prime Minister in April 2000 which included making in home child care available to families in special circumstances. Placement care is a flexible form of child care where the care is provided in the child’s home by an approved educator. To ensure quality outcomes for children the care is monitored and supported by the Operations Manager of Outback Childcare.

Placement care is not available to everyone, but limited to families who have no access to existing child care services, and/or their circumstances mean that an existing child care service cannot meet their needs, and where the family meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • the child has, or lives with another child who has an illness or a disability;
  • the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) has an illness or disability that affects their ability to care for the child;
  • the child lives in a rural or remote area;
  • the work hours of the child's guardian (or guardian's partner) are hours when no other approved child care service is available;
The Organisation will continue to have discretion to allow exemptions to the eligibility criteria for a family in special and exceptional circumstances.

Services will be required to contact the Organisation in such circumstances. In Home educators are professional dedicated child care workers. Part of the educator’s role is to provide the children with a variety of age appropriate activities that encourage the development of life skills. In Home educators are not expected to perform household duties other than those associated with the care of children.

Care in the child’s home differs from other forms of care in the degree of educator/child ownership and familiarity with the care environment. In premises operated by the educator (e.g. family day care) or the service provider(e.g. long day care, preschool) the environment is adapted for the purposes of care and is well known to, and fairly predictable for, the educator. Care provided in the home of the child/children occurs in an environment less familiar to the educator, but well known to the child/children receiving care. Therefore it is paramount educators are experienced, skilled individuals working in a partnership with staff from an approved agency such as rice to support children’s learning and development and safe work practices in this environment to ensure quality outcomes for the children and families.

Six weeks of care is offered to each family every calendar year, it is generally offered in two week blocks however our program is flexible and can be offered in one week blocks if that best suits. Outback Childcare SA is subsidised by the Commonwealth Department of Education.

RICE has adopted for 2015/2016 a fee of $5.00 per hour for placement care. This fee to be reviewed every two years. If families are in geniune financial hardship they can apply for a fee reduction.