Australia has a large child care industry, however in many locations (especially in inner-city suburbs of large cities and in rural areas) the availability is limited and the waiting periods can be up to several years. The Australian government's Child Care Subsidy scheme provides generous assistance with child care costs, but this still leaves many families with a large out of pocket expense. The median weekly cost of centre-based long day care in 2013 was approximately A$364 which puts it out of the reach of lower income earners.
Early Child Care
Some jurisdictions require licensing or certification. Parents may also turn to independent rating services, or rely on recommendations and referrals. Some places develop voluntary quality networks, for example in Australia most childcare services are part of a national Quality Assurance system. Some places require caregivers to take classes in pediatric CPR and first aid. Most countries have laws relating to childcare, which seek to keep children safe and prevent and punish child abuse. Such laws may add cost and complexity to childcare provision and may provide tools to help ensure quality childcare.
Child Care Deduction 2018
Local legislation may regulate the operation of daycare centers, affecting staffing requirements. Laws may mandate staffing ratios (for example 6 weeks to 12 months, 1:4; 12 months to 18 months, 1:5; 18 months to 24 months, 1:9; et and even higher ratios for older children). Legislation may mandate qualifications of supervisors. Staff typically do not require any qualifications but staff under the age of eighteen may require supervision. Typically, once the child reaches the age of twelve, they are no longer covered by daycare legislation and programs for older children may not be regulated.
To use CCAP (Colorado Child Care Assistance Program) for Before and After School care, please call 720-524-2792 to be added to our list. We have limited space, and it’s available on a first come first serve basis. Also, contact your case worker before school starts to change your provider to your desired location for YMCA Before and After School Care.
Child Care Locator
We offer a support network for child care providers in Arapahoe county. We provide a REFERRAL service, accredited monthly training classes, opportunities for involvement in our association, and our "Lifeline" newsletter to all of our members. We have grown extensively over the years and have serviced our membership by providing two separate training classes each month in different areas and on different days. The only months that we do not hold meetings are in June, July and December. Our meetings are open to anyone. Parents, Advocates and providers from any county are always welcome.
Our center offers a warmly decorated, home-like learning environment for our preschool students. We display pictures of children with their families above each student’s cubby, we use soft elements like pillows, fabrics, and carpets so that everyone feels more comfortable, and we welcome parent visits anytime during the school day. Our monthly events and parties acknowledge major holidays and always lend a fun, celebratory feel.