Service Approval - South Australia


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

Before you apply for this approval, you must have applied for or have been granted a provider approval. A provider approval enables you to apply for a service approval. Provider approvals are nationally recognised which means that you do not need to have a separate provider approval if you intend to operate an education and care service in another jurisdiction.

If you intend to operate multiple education and care services, you must have this approval for each service you intend to operate and ensure that each service has a nominated supervisor.

Please use the contact details below to find out 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 a provider 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 attached 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.


Must Have

Provider Approval


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 Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Application process


You must create an online NQA ITS account to submit your application.

Administering agency

Education Standards Board

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:

Early Childhood Services

Education Standards Board

Mailing address: GPO BOX 1811
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Phone: 1800 882 413
Phone: 08 8226 0077
Website: Early Childhood (Opens in new window)