NSW In Home Care:
For Early Childhood
Have you found accessing mainstream childcare difficult or not an option?
If you live in NSW or the ACT, In Home Care may be the best answer for your family.

NSWIHC are a well-established not-for-profit and we are proud to have been part of numerous local communities for over 30 years.

NSW In Home Care (NSWIHC) is a special type of Early Education and Care for families that cannot use mainstream childcare for their specific needs. We deliver services across NSW and the ACT, and act under the Australian Government’s In Home Care program which subsidises costs for eligible families. 


We do not just provide babysitters, but offer opportunities for families to utilise our educators towards the development and growth of their children through play-based learning.

How Does My Family Access In Home Care?

Families are eligible for this program and our service if they fit into one of the three categories on the right: geographical isolation, non-standard working hours and complex needs.

If you believe you are a family (or know a family) that fits this criteria, then contact the In Home Care Support Agency.

Families that are geographically isolated from other types of approved child care, particularly in rural or remote locations. Families need to live in a location designated as very remote, remote, or moderately accessible and demonstrate that they are isolated from approved child care services based on the distance from their home to the nearest available appropriate child care service.

Families where the parent or carers work non-standard or variable hours outside the normal child care service hours. This needs to be backed by evidence from employers and work rosters for example.

Challenging or complex needs could mean the following:

  • A child with additional needs or a disability whose early childhood education and care requirements cannot be catered for in another approved child care setting, or through other government funded or community-based services.
  • A family where a parent is undergoing treatment for a serious illness.


A Brief History

NSW In Home Care (NSWIHC) was established in 2001 as part of the Commonwealth’s In Home Care Pilot Project – so we are one of the first to operate in the state. We are sponsored by NSW Family Day Care Association (NSWFDCA) which is the peak organisation that supports Family Day Care services across NSW. NSWFDCA was established in 1976 as a not-for-profit organisation to promote and support all aspects of Family Day Care within the NSW community.