State Regulated Education and Care Service Approval - New South Wales


You may need this approval if you intend to operate a business that provides a state regulated education and care service. State regulated education and cares services are services involving the education of, or care for children under the age of six who do not attend school, in the form of:

  • home-based services: provided at the home of the carer
  • mobile services: visits specific premises, areas or places at specified times for the purposes of providing education or care
  • centre-based occasional services: provided at fixed premises other than the home of the carer
  • budget-based funded services: does not receive the Child Care Benefit.

If your education or care service does not fall within one of the categories listed above, you may require a nationally recognised approval.

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

In order to be eligible to provide a state regulated education and care service, you will need to obtain the following two approvals:

  • Provider approval: enables you to apply for one or more service approvals.
  • Service approval: authorises an approved provider to operate a service.

Eligibility requirements will vary depending on the type of service you intend to provide. Please consult the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


A provider or service approval is perpetual until the date that it is suspended, cancelled or surrendered.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.


Other resources

Approval time

Provider approval - 60 days Service approval - 90 days

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.