Service Approval - New South Wales


You will require this approval if you intend to operate a family day care or centre-based service for children under 13 years of age. Centre-based services include long day care, preschool or kindergarten and outside school hours care services.

If you intend to operate multiple child care services, you must apply separately for approval for each service and all services must have a nominated supervisor before it can begin operating.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be an approved provider or have already applied for an approval
  • be the person who will operate the service and who is responsible for the management of the staff members and nominated supervisor of the service.

This approval will not be granted until your provider approval is granted. The associated document outlines further information on requirements, including what information you must include with your application.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


This approval is perpetual until the date that it is suspended or cancelled.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

The fees for centre-based child care vary from $454 to $910 in accordance with how many children are cared for.

Apply Application All $682.00

Family day care

Apply Licence All -

You will also be required to pay an annual fee. The fee ranges from $206 to $413 and will depend on the size of your service.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Service Approval - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.
Comply All Getting Started Online - PDF (Opens in new window)
General All National Quality Agenda IT System (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Setting Up a New Service (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Children (Education and Care Services) National Law (NSW) 2010 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Education and Care Services National Regulations New South Wales

Lodgement process


You must create an online NQA ITS account to submit the required application forms.

Approval time

Within 90 days of receiving your application.

Additional information

You must apply for a provider approval before applying for a service approval. You will need to apply for this approval if you are, or will be, the operator of the education and care service and be responsible for the management of the staff members and nominated supervisor of that service.

Administering agency

Department of Education

NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Information and Enquiries Team

NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate

Department of Education

Mailing address: Locked Bag 5107
New South Wales 2124
Toll Free: 1800 619 113
Phone: 02 8633 1810
Website: NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate (Opens in new window)