In Home Care

The IHC Program

In Home Care is education and care for families excluded from family day care or centre based day care because of their family’s specific needs. In Home Care provides an educator to care for children in the children’s own home. The care may be full time or part time, and can also cover care for school aged children before and after school.

Users of In Home Care:

  • have childcare provided in their own home
  • receive the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to reduce the cost
  • choose how much care they use (subject to CCS limits)
  • choose their own In Home Care provider (such as us – NSW In Home Childcare Service!)
  • get choice of educator (where possible)


Not every family is eligible for In Home Care. It’s designed for families with special needs.

Eligible families are:

  • families that don’t have a childcare centre near them
  • families where parents work shift work
  • families with challenging or complex needs such as disability, illness etc.


families that live far away from childcare centres

families who work hours that are non-standard

families with challenging or complex needs

Child Care Subsidy

Only families that are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy can use In Home Care.

The Australian Government provides the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) to help reduce the cost of childcare for families. Depending on a family’s income and circumstances they could be eligible for a childcare subsidy of up to $27.20 per hour or $38.40 per hour if they are eligible for Additional Child Care Subsidy (ACCS).

You apply for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) through a myGov account. If you can’t do this call the Centrelink Families’ line on 136 150.

NSW In Home Childcare Service can help families who chose us as their In Home Care provider to access CCS.