Operate a Children's Service - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a children's service in Victoria. The following services are still under the Victorian Children's Services Legislation:

Integrated Service:

  • Allows the holder to operate two or more different children's services at one premise. However, this cannot include a short term service.

Limited Hours Service:

  • Allows the holder to operate a limited hours type 1 or type 2 service. Type 1 services cannot care for or educate a child for more than two hours a day and not more than six hours a week. Type 2 services cannot care for or educate a child for more than five hours a day and not more than fifteen hours a week.

School Holiday Care Service:

  • Allows the holder to operate a school holiday care program but for no more than four calendar weeks during the school holidays.

Short Term Service:

  • Allows the holder to operate a short term type 1 or type 2 service. Type 1 services cannot care for or educate a child for more than 120 days in a twelve month period. Type 2 services cannot care for or educate a child for more than 72 hours in a three month period.

Standard Service:

  • Allows the holder to operate an early childhood intervention service, an occasional care service, a mobile service or a budget based service.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

All premises wishing to offer children's services must be approved by the agency. Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing requirements

The person in charge of an early childhood service must not confirm the enrolment of a child unless the child's parents have provided an immunisation status certificate about the child or be given this certificate within 16 weeks after the date of the child's first enrolment . There are some exceptions to this rule. Please contact the responsible agency for further information.

Duration

As applied for on the licence form.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please refer to the attached fee schedule.

Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training
Early Childhood

Act(s) name

Children's Services Act 1996 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Children's Service Regulations 2009 (Victoria)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Education and Training


Operating address:
2 Treasury Place
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4367
Melbourne, Victoria 3001

Toll Free:

1800 809 834

Phone:

02 9637 2000
edline@edumail.vic.gov.au

Supporting information

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