Choosing the best local child care provider

Educating and caring for children in their early years is of paramount importance. Early childhood care is where we lay the groundwork for the future of early learners who will, later on, become citizens contributing to the community, the nation, and the world.

Early child care is a key component of a child’s future development, providing a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The emotional, cognitive and social development of a child begins and grows here which makes an impact on their future school performance, their social skills, interests and overall well-being. That is why choosing the best of the best start for your little one’s early learning journey is crucial.

In your child care service search in your local area, make sure you also search for the best early education program that suits your family’s and child’s needs. Some key considerations include the learning environment, the indoor and outdoor facilities, the activities, the staff and educators, the community and the location.

As parents, you want nothing but the best for your kids. When it comes to finding a childcare centre to entrust the early years of learning of your kids, look for high-performing centres that deliver quality care and education. Centres that meet the national quality standard and follow the national quality framework.

Doing your research about a service, its programs, facilities, educators and staff will help you narrow down your choices until you find your best match. Utilizing easy-to-use platforms such as Space can help you in your search for the right child care.

Space is a listing platform for early childhood education and care services in Australia. It can help you find schools, early child care centres, family day care, and good before and after-school care services near you. You don’t have to pay any fee when you create an account on the platform.


Another factor families consider in their search is the ACECQA ratings of the care service. This recognises whether services and educators are using innovative practices to achieve significant improvements for children and families, the local community and the education and care sector. Space lists all services that are on the ACECQA website. The marketplace also displays ACECQA ratings of the services.

Using Space in your child care search

There are around 10,000 services listed on Space. You can find long day care, pre-school, kindergarten, before and after school hours care, vacation care centre and family day care services on the platform.

Simply input your suburb or postcode in the search box and Space will provide you with a list of centres in your area. You can also filter the centres when you search based on the type of care, their ratings, fees to pay, special childcare offers and child capacity.

Parents and families can directly book a tour from the centre’s listing page by clicking the “Visit Centre” button. If this button is visible that means the service has the direct tour booking enabled. If direct tour booking is disabled, you have to send a request to the service through the “Enquire” button.

As soon as you send your enquiry be it direct or via vacancy alert, the service will be notified in real-time. In any case, the platform does not have any control over how fast the centre responds.

How do we rate child care services

Space is the only marketplace that has verified parent reviews which means you can be reassured that feedback and ratings come from actual and genuine parents with children enrolled in the childcare centres you’re viewing.

If you’re interested in a particular childcare service, you can view their profile on Space and you’ll find feedback on the care provided, the childcare program, activities, the educators and teachers, communication, and more.

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